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On the heels of THIS question, I would like to ask, are there any tools that can make life easier for aligning windows 7 partitions with dynamic disks?

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I've used Paragon's tool (we lucked out and picked it up for FREE during a promo, you might manage the same if you watch long enough) which works like a charm and I believe will work with pretty much any partition scheme out there. Basically you just point it at the partitions, it boots into a special environment, rebuilds them, and you're good to go.

If you don't want to use any third party software, you're better off formatting from scratch. (Keep in mind, if you're using Windows, that Vista and 7 align partitions correctly when they create them, but if the drive was originally formatted with XP you need to rebuild the partitions.)

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I just tried Paragon's tool, it doesen't seem to do Dynamic disks. – 7wp Nov 16 '10 at 4:39
Oh yuck, I was afraid that might happen. You may just be out of luck then and need to rebuild it by hand if you have a compelling reason for dynamic disks over basic; I don't know of any other reliable automated solutions at all. – Shinrai Nov 16 '10 at 15:07

Yes, I wrote a tool called Raid5Manager, this tool can move dynamic disk extents to a different position on the disk, this can be used to align the extent to a 4K alignment.

Note that you can't run this tool from Windows 7 (due to direct disk access limitations), and you'll have to boot into Windows XP \ 2003 to perform the operation, but once it's complete, you can reboot to Windows 7 and enjoy the alignment.

The tool is available at:

Be sure to backup any critical data!

Tal Aloni

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