Hard Drive Backups / Imaging

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I have a question regarding hard drive imaging / backup software.

A lot of the programs I've seen like to duplicate the partition they
backup when restoring... i.e., a 12 gigabyte partition image will
restore but will create a 12 gig partition in the process to which to
restore data. Is there any software that will say... take all the data
from a partition, back it up, and when restoring it, place it in a
variable size partition - i.e., restoring a 9500 meg operating system
that had resided on a 12 gig drive to a 120 gig drive, to a different
size partition than the original?

I know there are some softwares you could use in tandem - for example,
a partition management program used after restoring a drive would allow
you to resize the primary partition post restoration...

I'm inquiring for a user that runs windows xp, currently using a 12 gig
HD as a primary master, with an 80 gig drive as a slave.

Help would be greatly appreciated.

Ben/ND
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    > A lot of the programs I've seen like to duplicate the partition they
    > backup when restoring... i.e., a 12 gigabyte partition image will
    > restore but will create a 12 gig partition in the process to which to
    > restore data. Is there any software that will say... take all the data
    > from a partition, back it up, and when restoring it, place it in a
    > variable size partition - i.e., restoring a 9500 meg operating system
    > that had resided on a 12 gig drive to a 120 gig drive, to a different
    > size partition than the original?

    Yes, there is. Symantec Ghost for example allows to change partition
    sizes on restore.
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    On 6 Jun 2005 08:09:55 -0700, "Nick Dangr" <nickdangr@myexcel.com>
    wrote:

    >Is there any software that will say... take all the data
    >from a partition, back it up, and when restoring it, place it in a
    >variable size partition - i.e., restoring a 9500 meg operating system
    >that had resided on a 12 gig drive to a 120 gig drive, to a different
    >size partition than the original?

    Acronis True Image 8. Use the Disk Clone utility.

    You are given the option of how you want it to size the clone (target)
    partition. But you cannot choose the numerical size explicitly.


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    Bob <spam@spamcop.com> wrote in message
    news:42a4757c.84098250@news-server.houston.rr.com...
    > Nick Dangr <nickdangr@myexcel.com> wrote

    >> Is there any software that will say... take all the data from
    >> a partition, back it up, and when restoring it, place it in a
    >> variable size partition - i.e., restoring a 9500 meg operating
    >> system that had resided on a 12 gig drive to a 120 gig drive,
    >> to a different size partition than the original?

    > Acronis True Image 8. Use the Disk Clone utility.

    > You are given the option of how you want it to size the clone (target)
    > partition. But you cannot choose the numerical size explicitly.

    You can tho its done a little indirectly.
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    Question has been answered by other replies.

    Did note that you're using the word "imaging", when in fact you mean
    "cloning" instead.

    "Nick Dangr" <nickdangr@myexcel.com> wrote in message
    news:1118070595.295439.221720@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
    > I have a question regarding hard drive imaging / backup software.
    >
    > A lot of the programs I've seen like to duplicate the partition they
    > backup when restoring... i.e., a 12 gigabyte partition image will
    > restore but will create a 12 gig partition in the process to which to
    > restore data. Is there any software that will say... take all the data
    > from a partition, back it up, and when restoring it, place it in a
    > variable size partition - i.e., restoring a 9500 meg operating system
    > that had resided on a 12 gig drive to a 120 gig drive, to a different
    > size partition than the original?
    >
    > I know there are some softwares you could use in tandem - for example,
    > a partition management program used after restoring a drive would allow
    > you to resize the primary partition post restoration...
    >
    > I'm inquiring for a user that runs windows xp, currently using a 12 gig
    > HD as a primary master, with an 80 gig drive as a slave.
    >
    > Help would be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > Ben/ND
    >
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