Today I successfully moved a complete Windows 7 image from a conventional hard drive (WD Scorpio Black 160GB) to a new SSD (Intel X25-M 120GB)
while keeping proper partition/sector alignment and trim support enabled. I had always recommended a fresh W7 install while doing this migration,
but found it isn't necessary. I used the latest version of Acronis True Image Home 2011 which claims to support SSD alignment, and here are the
1.) Defrag your current Windows 7 installation.
2.) Check BIOS to make sure that AHCI is enabled.
3.) Install Acronis TI 2011
4.) Create a bootable Acronic CD using 'rescue media builder' under 'utilities'
5.) While running Acronis in Windows, check for proper alignment using 'View current state of your discs' under utilities. You should have a 100MB 'system reserved' partition that starts on sector 2048, and (1) normal NTFS partition or more. If you do not, then your drive is not properly aligned for an SSD. There are utilities that will align it, but that's for another topic.
6.) Attach a USB backup drive
7.) While running Acronis in Windows, select 'go to main screen' and then select 'disk and partition backup'
8.) Check both the system reserved and C: partitions for backup (also D or E if you have them, etc)
9.) Create a backup name and select a destination (Your USB Drive)
10.) Select 'backup now'
11.) After the backup completes shut down the laptop and install the SSD
12.) Boot up the laptop with the Acronis CD
13.) Select full version Acronis
14.) Follow the prompts to restore the system reserved, MBR, and C: partitions onto the SSD (also D and E if you have them, etc)
15.) Power down the laptop and remove the USB drive.
16.) Boot up into Windows on the new SSD
17.) Install and run SSDTweaker and select the 'auto tweak settings'http://elpamsoft.com/Downloads/SSDTweaker.zip
18.) Rerun Acronis as in step 5 and make sure the system reserved partition is still aligned to sector 2048.
19.) Go into the defrag utility in Windows and disable scheduled defrags
20.) Done. You now have a perfectly aligned and tweaked SSD running Windows 7.