LANDesk's Tanner has written a document that I think answers your question. It says that images captured with ImageW v2 will work on Advanced Format Disks even if the source image was not captured from an AFD, because the sector alignment information is stored within the image.
I ran into this scenario at my last company, we were using LANDesk 9.0 SP2 (provisioning and ImageW) to image PCs. I believe the 512e hard drives are actually backwards compatible, it's XP that doesn't automatically compensate for them.
My PC vendor at the time was Dell and they had a tool to correct this on XP systems. I deployed a Base XP image to a PC that had a 521e HD, ran the Dell utility, patched and re-pulled the image using ImageW. I then updated hard drive drivers for each of my XP builds and rescheduled the appropriate templates.
Check your vendor’s site for a 512e alignment tool for XP, they should also have detailed instructions on its use as well.
awesome info that I overlooked. Thanks!
I am having trouble deploying our original Dell Latitude E6420 image (512b HD) to our new batch which have 512e HDs, XP just bluescreens as soon as it tries to load at startup. So I can't even get to a point where I can run the drive alignment utility and reimage. Any ideas anyone?