Aligning the partition is also automatic if you use the native formatter in
Windows Vista or Windows 7
AND for all those that believe the anti-cloning propaganda
that is floating around on the web, Clonezilla correctly aligns
partitions by default. so you CAN "clone" an OS to an SSD
and not "screw up" the alignment and subsequently need to "align"
Aligning the SSD partition is something that only NEEDS to be
specifically worried about with Obsolescent Operating systems (XP)
To Check and see if your partitions are aligned correctly it do the following:
1)Open your start menu and type in msinfo32.
2)Open Msinfo32 and go to Components > Storage > Disks.
3)Look for your SSD on the list and find the "Partition Starting Offset" item.
If this number is divisible by 4096 (when by 4096 the number should equal
a whole number and not a decimal) if so, then your partition is correctly aligned.
If not, you need to realign it. (THAT is another discussion)
In my specific case that number is 1048576 and when divided by 4096 = 256
So I KNOW my partition is "aligned", and yes, I CLONED my OS to this SSD
(take that all you anti-cloning myth believers and myth propagators!)
As a note I usually prefer to format a hard drive with the operating system disc
that will be used to install the OS to the SSD/HDD.
But there is materially no difference in using any convenient Vista or Win7 machine
to do the job
Clonezilla does not "see" unformatted drives so I actually used my Win7 notebook
and a USB cable to "quick format" my New SSD.
The method is FAR less important than the results.
If the journey was more important than getting to the destination we'd have never
bothered to tame horses, invent the railroad, the car, the airplane, etc...