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Windows 2008 disk alignment

Hi I have moved this blog to the new site frankdenneman.nl.
The new home for this article is: http://frankdenneman.nl/2009/05/windows-2008-disk-alignment/
Apologies for the inconvenience!

  1. Andres
    June 17, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I am wondering WHERE i can get this 2008 diskdiag.exe? It is not installed by default, nor exist in support tools folder. Do You have it in Your system – how You installed it?

  2. July 23, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Brilliant post. Have been revisiting Disk Alignment this week and this really helped.

    Thank you very much, have linked you from my blog.

  3. Tom
    October 28, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    How does one decide what the alignment should be for Win2k8 VMs??
    For most usages in smaller environments will the 1024 alignment be acceptable??
    Thank you, Tom

  4. Frank Denneman
    November 1, 2009 at 1:08 pm


    I prefer to use the KISS method and stick to the defaults.
    Let Windows decides what’s best.
    The disk alignment is just a starting point, what’s more interesting is the allocation unit to use on the NTFS partition.
    The allocation unit mostly depends on the requirements of the application who is using the partition. Consult the application documentation to find out the sweet spot.

  5. John
    February 1, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Great article!
    Do you know if any software has been written that adjust the offset without destroying the data in the partition?

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