It is conspicuous that Windows has attained great achievement in the last decade. Even nowadays when the superior Windows 7 is popular, Windows XP is still playing an important role, which obviously reveals the excellence of Windows XP. However, when big sector hard drive get popular, the disadvantage of Windows XP are shown as well. For example, if we mount a 4KB hard drive to Windows XP, its read-write ability is lower but it works normally on Windows 7. Why? Windows XP can not directly manage 4K hard drive, so a 4KB sector is virtualized into 8 small sectors of 512B. And problems ensue. The 4KB sector consisting of 8 small 512B sectors is not corresponding to the 4KB cluster of the file system, and this makes partition not aligned, thus influencing hard disk performance on data read-write. In this situation, it is necessary to align partition for Windows XP in order to guarantee hard drive performance.
How to carry out Windows XP partition alignment?
Before Windows XP partition alignment, we should find out whether Windows XP partition is aligned. Lacking professional computer knowledge, many ordinary users can hardly find a solution to confirm the situation, so they can not align partition for Windows XP, either. But in fact, it is not difficult to align partition and what is most important is to find a safe and easy method. And we suggest users use the free partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard.
MiniTool Partition Wizard, facilitating Windows XP partition alignment
Before aligning partition for Windows XP, we need to visit the official website https://www.partitionwizard.com/ to download the partition manager. Then launch it after installing it, and we'll see the following interface.
In this interface, select the partition that will be verified or aligned and then click "Align Partition" function. MiniTool Partition Wizard will tell us whether the selected partition needs to be aligned.
1. The partition needs to be aligned.
If the selected partition is not aligned, a pending operation will appear in "Operations Pending" area. We just need to click "Apply" to align the partition, as follows.
2. The partition needs not to be aligned.
If the following dialogue box pops up after clicking "Align Partition" function, it suggests that the selected partition has been aligned and the operation is unnecessary.
If you don't expect data read-write speed of your hard drive to decrease because of compatibility problems between 4K hard drive and the operating system, it is a good solution to align partition for Windows XP by using the free partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard.