I am currently runnning Win XP x32 SP2 which is installed on a 160GB internal HDD. My motherboard does not have an option for AHCI. I also have Debian Linux installed on an external 500GB USB drive. As I understand it, the WD Acronis software will allow me to clone the XP disc to the WD disc and when doing so I can allocate the partion size for the XP installation at that time. Lets assume that I can allocate 200GB for the cloned XP.
I have several questions:
1. Does the WD drive need to have an alignment program run prior to cloning the XP or does the clone process take
care of the alignment automatically?
- Assuming that XP has been successfully cloned, and is functioning properly, I should now have 400GB of free space. Can I then create a new partion in that 400GB space using the Acronis software or I do I need to use some other software such as Gparted (from Linux) or should I use the Windows hardware manager? The big issue is ensuring that the new partition is properly aligned.
3. When I create the new partition I believe that Linux has the capability to format that partion with the proper 4k
alignment. Assuming I can format it correctly I should then be able to install Linux. It might be possible to format during installation but I am not sure and don’t know if I can set up the proper alignment if I do it that way.
If there is someone in the community that has experience setting up a similar system I would really appreciate a response.