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How to copy system drive to a new smaller hard drive

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August 19, 2012 5:36:31 PM

i have a (spinning) hard-drive with my windows 7system and data on it. it is up to date to this month. the hard-drive is a 320gb. there is jsut 69gb used on the 320gb. i just bought a 256 gb SSD (solid state HD). i would like to place everything on the 256 and put IT in my laptop. i have saved a system image of the 320gb on DVD. windows seems to want an exact size (320gb) to restore the system to. any solution???
August 19, 2012 5:48:03 PM

You could put both drives in a desktop and use proper partitioning software to copy the data over, but I highly recommend that you re-install Windows and your programs on the SSD. Copying over a hard drive file system can cause problems with some SSDs.
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August 19, 2012 6:08:00 PM

blazorthon said:
You could put both drives in a desktop and use proper partitioning software to copy the data over, but I highly recommend that you re-install Windows and your programs on the SSD. Copying over a hard drive file system can cause problems with some SSDs.

hi--- i just found '''PC Disk Clone X 11.5''' as a possible solution.... i have no desktop avail .... i will keep watch over the posts ... thnx
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August 22, 2012 1:06:36 PM

Did you use Windows backup to create the system image? I tried to restore to a new hard drive (larger than drive image was created from) and could not get it to restore using Windows Backup. May be an issue to prevent piracy. I ended up doing a clean install and reinstalling all the software. The machine is running fine with no problems now.
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August 23, 2012 6:00:58 PM

kenrivers said:
Did you use Windows backup to create the system image? I tried to restore to a new hard drive (larger than drive image was created from) and could not get it to restore using Windows Backup. May be an issue to prevent piracy. I ended up doing a clean install and reinstalling all the software. The machine is running fine with no problems now.

hi ken --- i , at first did make a MCSFT SYSTEM_IMAGE and tried to put it on the smaller SSD -- it did NOT work (i find thru GOOGLE searching that both drives MUST BE THE SAME SIZE) ..... but i finally WON THE BATTLE ... i found ACRONIS 2012 (.com) ... it CAN CLONE to SMALLER AND BIGGER destinataion drives. i am up and running with the new SSD (and battery life grew from 3 hrs to 4-5 hrs ... i am happy). (oh yes-- be sure to DEFRAG and push everything to the bottom of C: .... i think that way the only thing chopped at the top are zeros) .... thnx everyone.
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August 23, 2012 6:54:28 PM

Don't defrag the SSD after copying the file system over to it.
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August 30, 2012 5:51:56 PM

blazorthon said:
Don't defrag the SSD after copying the file system over to it.

thnxs---- i didnt. what i did was defrag the larger one before CLONING it ...
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August 30, 2012 5:54:51 PM

has anyone used CLONEZILLA or PCDISKTOOLS ... i just wonder if they work good too.
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August 30, 2012 5:55:06 PM

Clonezilla can not clone to a smaller volume.
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September 7, 2012 2:35:07 AM

I don't recommend EaseUS Disk Copy Home Edition 2.3.1 when cloning to a smaller drive.
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September 7, 2012 7:42:02 AM

systemize said:
i have a (spinning) hard-drive with my windows 7system and data on it. it is up to date to this month. the hard-drive is a 320gb. there is jsut 69gb used on the 320gb. i just bought a 256 gb SSD (solid state HD). i would like to place everything on the 256 and put IT in my laptop. i have saved a system image of the 320gb on DVD. windows seems to want an exact size (320gb) to restore the system to. any solution???


It would be better if you do would not transfer the data on that drive. Its better if you re-install Windows again over there. Because while transferring everything along with system files, there could be some damage to system files. Moreover, the Windows might crash.
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April 12, 2013 2:12:11 PM

What I've done in the past is to use Disk Management to shrink the drive partition to smaller (or the same size) as your backup drive before doing a backup, and then restoring to the backup drive from that image. Then you can extend the partition back to where you had it before.
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