The Win7 "System Image" restore finally finished. It took about 10.5 hours to restore about 30GB on a 64GB SSD!
Thanks to your info and link, I ran DiskPart and found that the SSD alignment is GOOD!
Partition 1 .... Primary .... 100 MB .... 1024 KB
Partition 2 .... Primary ...... 59 GB ..... 101 KB
Just like the example in the link you gave. Whew! What a relief!
THE PLUSES ARE:
1. At least I now verified that Win7's "System Image" restore works, even if it did take 10.5 hours to restore about 30GB on a 64GB SSD.
2. Win7's "System Image" restore does restore with the correct partition alignments.
THE CONS ARE:
1. It did take 10.5 hours to restore. Even a battery backup UPS wouldn't have been able to sustain power to complete the restore if there was a long power outage in the first 9.5 hours of the restore.
2. I'm going to investigate using a different backup software that can restore MUCH faster with correct partition alignment.
SUMMARY & QUESTIONS:
Doing the "System Image" restore using "Backup and Restore" from Win7 would not find the backup external HDD. I had to load from the Win7 "Repair Disc" (CD) which took a while to load but did find the backup and do the restore. While Googling "not finding the backup", I found that many people had the same problem but no one suggested booting from the Repair Disc to do the restore. Hope this helps someone that has to do it.
I already have a subscription to Terabyte's "Image for Windows" and from what I've been reading (while waiting) is that it can restore with correct alignment if a parameter is set to 2048. I need to find out exactly how this works and how long a 30GB restore on a 64GB SSD will take.
Anyone with actual experience with how long Acronis True Image 2012 takes to back up a SSD and if the partition alignments are always correct for a SSD?
Finally, should a SSD always be erased prior to a restore? If so, can DiskPart do it and what command line function does it?
Thanks soooo much,