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23 Mar 2012   #1

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Expanding a partition - not sure where to post this

Hi guys,

I am about to install another 1Tb HDD into my new build. Currently my system is set up as below (its a Windows 7 64 bit HP setup)

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My current 1 Tb drive is split into 2 partitions, E:/ for Data and F:/ for Image backups. When I add in the new 1Tb drive I intend to give half the space to Image backup as I will be imaging other bits and bobs too.

This means that the images on my current F:/ partition will be copied over onto a new 0.5 Tb partition on my new drive. I will then want to expand the current E:/ partition to fill the disk. If that makes sense?

Do you recommend i do this in windows disk manager (if it can even be done in windows disk manager) or should i be using some other recommended tool.

Thanks guys



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23 Mar 2012   #2
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I would not move WIndowsImageBackup files as it can corrupt them. They must at least be run from their original drive-root location. This is another reason many here choose a more flexible imaging app.

I don't see why Disk Management cannot initialize and partition your new HD.
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23 Mar 2012   #3

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Oh Greg - Im sorry - i forgot to mention that the images are not windows images - they are made using Macrium Reflect (Free) v5

Does the same apply? My entire backup strategy using Macrium is that the images are on the other HDD (and actually also backed up to my NAS box).

just checking?

thanks
Matt
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23 Mar 2012   #4
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I do not think so, but let Macrium users answer.

I think this is one of the reasons they choose Macrium.
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23 Mar 2012   #5
whs
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Quote:
This means that the images on my current F:/ partition will be copied over onto a new 0.5 Tb partition on my new drive. I will then want to expand the current E:/ partition to fill the disk. If that makes sense?

Hi Matt. Greg asked me to have a look at your situation. Regarding your above question:

1. There is no problem copying the existing Macrium images from one partition/disk to another. During the recovery you just have to point to the new location. For future images you have to define a new definition though (xml file) with the new partition as target because the old location is no more valid.

2. And then you can delete your current F: partition to get the unallocated space and expand E:. Best is to do that with Disk Management.
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23 Mar 2012   #6

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I can confirm what WHS said. I went through a similar exercise last year with no problems. The Macrium images can be anywhere. You can even save yourself the effort of changing any backup definitions if you keep the same folder structure and drive letter.
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23 Mar 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IcarusII View Post
My entire backup strategy using Macrium is that the images are on the other HDD (and actually also backed up to my NAS box).
Hi Matt,

There is nothing wrong with that strategy - I used that myself in the past (different partition and Thecus NAS).

Regards,
Golden
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23 Mar 2012   #8
whs
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We have 2 laptops that the wife takes places. On those I always make a couple of images on a different partition of the same SSD. Now if the SSD goes, that's bad luck. That she could not fix on the road anyhow. But if the system goes on the blink it is easy to restore the system in no time. And taking the recovery CD on the road is no big deal. Taking an external disk is another story.

I have now bought a 32GB USB stick. In the future I will use that. I may even put the Macrium recovery program on the same stick.
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23 Mar 2012   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IcarusII View Post

My current 1 Tb drive is split into 2 partitions, E:/ for Data and F:/ for Image backups. When I add in the new 1Tb drive I intend to give half the space to Image backup as I will be imaging other bits and bobs too.
Is there a particular reason why you are storing images on a separate partition---as opposed to a separate folder on an existing partition?
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25 Mar 2012   #10

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Guys - thank you very much for all the really helpfull comments and reassurances. Thanks Greg for asking for WHS's advice on Macrium - appreciate it.

WHS - thanks for the guest appearance and advice - ive watched all your macrium tutorials so you are a bit 'famous' to me as you have videos on the net! hehe

Ignatz: um - no particular reason really. I guess im just anal and like to have a seperate partition so I could....um....i dont know....you caught me.

Is there any point or reason to me having this partition anyone? Or should i just collapse it into my data partition and use a folder as suggested?

Thanks

Matt
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