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Windows 7: trying to clone my drive

06 Dec 2015   #11

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Cloning to a smaller drive does not work because a clone is a physical copy of the whole file including all the empty space.

Imaging should work. One option is to download this Macrium WinPE .iso, burn it to a CD and work with that. It will make images and restore images.
Can this be on a usb instead using rufus instead of ImgBurn ?
Also do we/ I really have to install Macrium too thought WinPE did everything ?

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06 Dec 2015   #12
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Not sure about the answer to the first question - matter of trying.

The WinPE will suffice.
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06 Dec 2015   #13

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi thanks yea I found out the hard way disks can be eaten by disk players :/
My new LG burner ruined a 7 pro install disk
Can't believe you haven't tried a flash for it
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09 Dec 2015   #14

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

"...But Intelligent Sector Copy doesn't copy one to one, only whats in use..." I just now saw this. Macrium Reflect's Intelligent Copy is used, not in cloning drive-to-drive operations, rather, only for imaging of partitions operations. Yes, within reason, one can restore an full-image of a partition onto a smaller partition -- as long as one makes sure the "exploded [uncompressed]" bytespace is smaller than the target partition.
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10 Dec 2015   #15

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
one can restore an full-image of a partition onto a smaller partition -- as long as one makes sure the "exploded [uncompressed]" bytespace is smaller than the target partition.
I always thought this was the case with Macrium. Of course you cannot put more data into a smaller space. It's logical isn't it.
The problem with Windows inbuilt system imaging was that it wanted to replace the MBR which contains the original partition structure in its partition table. If it didn't fit as defined by the partition table regardless of the data on the drive you got a failure. A somewhat smarter program can adjust the MBR partition table appropriately.
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