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Windows 7: Problem restoring image of an old HD to new SSD using Macrium Reflect

31 Jan 2014   #31
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by anne1982 View Post
How is it possible to restore an image of a larger partition to an SSD that is smaller than that partition?
It is with free and paid Macrium Reflect. A nice feature.
Drag and drop provided the image fits the new partition.
v5: How to restore a backup image (Restore, v5)


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31 Jan 2014   #32
anne1982

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by anne1982 View Post
How is it possible to restore an image of a larger partition to an SSD that is smaller than that partition?
It is with free and paid Macrium Reflect. A nice feature.
Drag and drop provided the image fits the new partition.
v5: How to restore a backup image (Restore, v5)
Hello MJF,

Thanks for your reply. It didn't work for me because I am trying to restore an image of a large disk to a smaller one. In this video they are restoring an image of 127 GB partition to 1 TB disk.
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31 Jan 2014   #33
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

@mjf,

We have already posted that all popular 3rd party imaging programs can do it. Done it myself numerous times. Only just now with the free version of Aomei backupper.

Hard to tell what the problem is for anne.

If the used space on the imaged drive is smaller than the target drive, then I don't know what the problem is there.
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31 Jan 2014   #34
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Shrink the partition on your hard drive to less than the size of the SSD.
Take another image and use that restore to your SSD.
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31 Jan 2014   #35
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. There is no problem to restore a large partition to a smaller partition as long as the data fits.

2. I think Ann lost her bootmgr along the way (even if C says active). It would be helpful if we could see a picture of Disk Management of the old HDD.

3. Drag and drop is the usual way withing the Macrium restore window. It keeps the alignment. Problem here is that the C partition coming from the HDD is probably not properly aligned in the first place.

4. Here is what you have to do. Get your system on the HDD back up and running. Launch an elevated command prompt (run as admin) and run these commands:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit

The restore the image to this partition.

5. There is no need to disconnect the HDD during the restore. That is only required if you make a brand new installation of the OS from an installation DVD.

IMPORTANT: If your bootmgr on the HDD is not on C, then we'll have to make other arrangements. But we can see that only after you posted a picture of Disk Management of the old (HDD) system.
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01 Feb 2014   #36
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by anne1982 View Post
Tried again with AOMEI Backupper using Disk backup/partition backup (With Intelligent sector backup) but it didn’t work . Even shrink the drive first with EaseUS Partition then make the backup didn’t help. I think what left is only to reinstall Windows 7 (clean installation) and all programs one by one from the very beginning! It is primitive but it is the only way left .
Why did it fail? Any errors while performing the backup? Any errors while performing the restore?
Normally it's quite easy
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01 Feb 2014   #37
anne1982

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. There is no problem to restore a large partition to a smaller partition as long as the data fits.

2. I think Ann lost her bootmgr along the way (even if C says active). It would be helpful if we could see a picture of Disk Management of the old HDD.

3. Drag and drop is the usual way withing the Macrium restore window. It keeps the alignment. Problem here is that the C partition coming from the HDD is probably not properly aligned in the first place.

4. Here is what you have to do. Get your system on the HDD back up and running. Launch an elevated command prompt (run as admin) and run these commands:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit

The restore the image to this partition.

5. There is no need to disconnect the HDD during the restore. That is only required if you make a brand new installation of the OS from an installation DVD.

IMPORTANT: If your bootmgr on the HDD is not on C, then we'll have to make other arrangements. But we can see that only after you posted a picture of Disk Management of the old (HDD) system.
Hello WHS,

Great advice! I wish I knew this a week ago! Then I wouldn't have lost so much time and energy trying to do this job. Indeed, I used an older image and it went perfect. Within 30 minutes I was ready with it. Now the computer is working fine but still I have 2 questions I hope somebody can give me the answers:

1. I am getting the following messages which I didn't get before:


Asus - Intel
P7P55 LX
Press Del to run Setup, Press TAB to display Bios Messages

This message is staying about 30 seconds then followed automatically by the following message:

Scan devices...
No any device exist!

followed by 3 Pieps

Then another message followed:

American Megatrend
CPU Fan Error
Press F1 to resume.

In this case I must press the F1 in order to go further.



The second question is:


How can I let Windows 7 save my Download and My Documents in another HD (not in the same SSD).



Many thanks to all of you for trying to help me solving this problem.


Best regards,


Anne
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01 Feb 2014   #38
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am glad my little procedure helped. As to your questions:

Your first problem seems to be a hardware problem in the box. The CPU fan does not work properly. Maybe the inside is stuffed with lint. If this is a laptop, use a compressed air can (available at Home Depot) and blow thru the vents. If it is a desktop, open the box and give it a good cleanup - careful though and take all power off and after all power is disconnected press the start key for 30 seconds to get the static electricity out. It could also be that the CPU fan is not seated correctly. That you have to carefully investigate.

The second question is easy. Just make a folder on the HDD and store the documents there. Same for the downloads. The documents folder you can add to the library. Right click on the folder and INCLUDE it into the documents library. Give that folder a slightly different name to avoid confusion - e.g. 'Documents HDD' or whatever.
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