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Windows 7: SWAP backup/image drive to larger 1 WITHOUT losing data

05 Dec 2016   #11

Win 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Mega7User, the only small glitch you might run into: pretend you used Macrium Reflect [to make this easier to explain]; pretend you had MR make a log of your backup; during a restore, if using that log, that log will probably not be able to "find" the new location of the backup image made earlier.
What I have done is simply not make any logs with either Macrium Reflect or Image for Windows. During any restore, I simply "aim" the restore module at the location of the full image I want restored.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Just start creating your new images on the new drive and continue to save data just as you have on the other drive, transfer the data from the other drive if you feel the need.

When you have the new drive to your liking either format the smaller one or leave it alone, or simply remove it from the system.

Someone mentioned a clone, I would never clone an image or even the data, too many things can go wrong.

Just create a brand new image on the new drive.
After going through a LOT of forums (PMPro and Macrium Reflect), I have decided to save the drive for a while and just install the bigger drive and 'image'/'back it up' fresh. This way, if anything goes wrong, I still have the original drive with its image/backups (as AddRAM suggested). The only reason I am going this route is because in so many forums, too many ppl run into 'this or that' problem and wind up losing some or all of their data. Have lost data before, don't know anyone who hasn't. Am going to leave the post unlocked for a few in case some wish to contribute more. Thanks everyone, for your input!

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05 Dec 2016   #12

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Smart move :)
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06 Dec 2016   #13

Win 7

:) Closing as 'solved', thanks all for your valuable input. The old 'full' drive will be saved in case a problem arises. In about 6 months to a year will go ahead and recycle it using MHDD ( HDDGURU: Laptop and Desktop Hard Disk Drives, Tests, Software, Firmware, Tools, Data Recovery, HDD Repair ). The best of a Merry Christmas, with a Safe & Happy Holiday Season! :)
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