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windows 7 clone HDD to SSD with clonezilla

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April 15, 2014 12:14:52 AM

Basically I cant do a fresh install because the code I got is used by manufacturer or some crap. So I got my 1.34 HDD trimmed down to about 70 GB and wish to clone it onto my 120 GB SSD. I created a clonezilla DVD, booted it, chose the disk to local disk, proceed, all set up then it says there is not enough room on the SSD. Like its trying to clone the entire drive, including the blank parts. Do I need some other step beforehand that specifies my drive as only being the size that's used up?

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April 15, 2014 4:25:38 AM

Cloning, by definition, copies an entire drive to another drive, so you're using the wrong tool if you only need one partition copying. Some softwares have separate tools for cloning and imaging in the same package, I believe CloneZilla does, so look for the drive imaging option.

If it doesn't, what you need to use is drive imaging software which allows you to select a single partition for copying as an image file. When that image file has been created, you can then restore it to the same drive or to a different drive.

Free drive imaging software: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
There are others if you run a search for drive imaging

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a c 1356 $ Windows 7
April 15, 2014 4:36:51 AM

If the license key on your current system is "used by manufacturer or some crap", it will not work on the new system, no matter how you do it.
Install, clone, whatever...

Upon seeing the new hardware, it will need to be reactivated.

Where did you get this Windows install?
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April 15, 2014 5:29:14 PM

Currently testing out macrium. I bought the computer under one of those dailysteals deals. HP ENVY something or another, my little brother attempted to install it via disk to the SSD and was denied access, then he checked with customer support and something something, not entirely sure. If I cant get it done some other way ill try going about a clean install again but thats what he said.
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April 15, 2014 5:32:51 PM

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then he checked with customer support and something something, not entirely sure


Well....without know what 'something' is, it is awfully hard to suggest a path for you to follow.
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April 15, 2014 9:02:41 PM

Macrium worked beautifully and was very user friendly. When I get the actual words my brother used, as to why I couldn't do a clean install, ill post them. Sorry to confuse you USAFRet. I myself am very new to this whole process=]
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