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06 Nov 2011  

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Imaging windows RAID0 partitions to smaller single disk


I have a 2TB RAID0 array (2x Seagate 1TB disks) with two partitions, dual booting Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows 7x64 Ultimate.

- Windows 7 Partition is 1,2TB but almost empty (around 1,1TB free)
- Windows Server partition is 600GB with only 35GB of data inside it (560GB free)

Lately one of the member disks is showing signs of death - many bad sectors appearing daily and today an 'error occured' message in Intel Storage Matrix.

Yet both partitions remain bootable and would be great if I could save them.

Now the only spare disk I have is a WD 500GB but the known problem of restoring windows image backup to smaller drive had me stuck.I googled around and tried to shrink the partitions but the win7 partition refuses to shrink under 931GB (the size of each member disk) and that's where I am asking for your help.

At the moment I installed Paragon Backup and Recovery (Advanced) Free and (crossing fingers to complete) am backing up whole disk to an external USB drive.I will then try to restore to the WD but I am not that optimistic.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance.
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