Quote: Originally Posted by eldinv
Quote: Originally Posted by mjf
Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30
My suggestion, and I've done this, would be to clone the 1T to the 500GB which will automatically resize the unused space to fit the 500GB. I did this and cloned a 500GB drive with 32GB of data to a 80GB drive.
I think an image would include the 1TB in total, but I may be wrong.
I think this may be the case for the free version as well.
All you need to do to be safe is reduced your source OS partition to something under 500GB before making the image then resize the partition back to its 1TB. Partition Wizard will do this easily.
When performing an image restore I would only have your new HDD connected. Note that both your 1TB and 500GB will have the same disk signature and cannot be connected at the same time (disk signature clash).
Do you suggest I tick both the system reserve and the OS partition. When ever I restored I just restored the OS image and didn't have to worry about that system reserve.
Yes. This is what Macrium will do if you select the option "Create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore Windows"
Generally you don't need to reimage the System Reserved partition but it is so tiny I think it is a bit silly not including it. It is needed for a new HDD. Of course you can do away with it as suggested but generally I don't see the point.
I never clone but use a system image restore to transfer to a new HDD. Every image allows you to create a new HDD at the point in time the image was made.