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Migrating to a smaller Hard Drive

Last response: in Storage
December 17, 2012 12:45:36 PM


Im migrating from a 300GB drive to a faster 230GB drive, ive free'd up the 70 GB worth of space.

The disk cloning software i use need all the used memory to be at the "front" of the drive (it does not copy the last 70GB due to lack of space)

How do i make all the used memory go to the "front" of the drive?

Also before i copy it all across, On Windows disk manager, in my C Partition i have a capacity of 220GB with 92GB free space, yet when i try shrink the volume it tells me i can only shrink it another 1GB? what happened to the other 91GB?


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December 17, 2012 1:30:53 PM

the $mft that windows uses cannot be moved... so the shrink is only up to the end of the $mft so to speak.
uninstall all the programs you can, and try shrinking again. if that does not work...

also defragment the harddrive. (and run the windows drive clean)
then run shrink again. (in the computer management, storage, shrink...)

the partition needs to be smaller than the hdd it is going to.

December 17, 2012 8:29:15 PM

Turns out they arnt "unmovable" just very difficult to move...
I got rid of them in the end, it was mainly virtual memory pagefiles etc...