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

03 Dec 2016   #1
Mega7User

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

Posted in backup/restore forum ( I want to switch my win7 ult image/backup drive to a larger one ) BUT seems that post went dead without a resolution(?) Simply put, Win 7 Ult with 3 HDD's, 'E' drive is now FULL with an image and backups. Need to increase the drive size but do not know how to without LOSING the complete record on the old drive. IF cloning it will work, I have Easus PM Pro (which I believe can accomplish the cloning task) BUT am not positive the data will be usable (is there some kind of data trail assigned to that data [drive] that would fail a recovery [if moved to a larger drive] due to it not being the original drive it was saved to). So, seeing as this forum is about hardware, and HDD's are hardware, I am hoping someone has done this before, and it was successful?


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03 Dec 2016   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

A clone is a exact copy of the drive so if you clone it it will work and should give you the option to grow the partition on the new drive
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03 Dec 2016   #3
Mega7User

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
A clone is a exact copy of the drive so if you clone it it will work and should give you the option to grow the partition on the new drive
And I thank you again for your reply, both here and in the first post. I will break down the tower and swap the drives in the next couple of days. Just for us, I did not dismiss your first reply in the other post, I just wanted to be sure I didn't feck up my original image and history. Much appreciate your help! All I have to do is review the PM Pro software, it has been quite a while since I opened that proggie. Yeah, quite a few years that's for sure...
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03 Dec 2016   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

People here use Macrium - Macrium Reflect Free
Seems to be very good. And is free.
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03 Dec 2016   #5
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 

For future consideration. I use Macrium free to image to a USB HDD. Depending on what is connected the drive letter can go anywhere from J - M. All I do is select where to send image or where to restore from (never seems to be the same place) and all works perfectly.
Art.
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03 Dec 2016   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I learned the hard way you can't clone from an MBR drive to a GPT drive without the GPT drive being converted to MBR. This would be a problem if the GPT drive was larger than 2.2TB since 2.2TB is the upper limit for MBR.
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04 Dec 2016   #7
Eric3742

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I learned the hard way you can't clone from an MBR drive to a GPT drive without the GPT drive being converted to MBR. This would be a problem if the GPT drive was larger than 2.2TB since 2.2TB is the upper limit for MBR.

Agreed on this one.

Avoid using HDD more than 2TB for Windows OS.

Did tried to clone from 500GB HDD to 3TB HDD cause error.

There may have other issue too, as i found out a bit too late;
As had to redo all the backup again.
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04 Dec 2016   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eric3742 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I learned the hard way you can't clone from an MBR drive to a GPT drive without the GPT drive being converted to MBR. This would be a problem if the GPT drive was larger than 2.2TB since 2.2TB is the upper limit for MBR.

Agreed on this one.

Avoid using HDD more than 2TB for Windows OS.

Did tried to clone from 500GB HDD to 3TB HDD cause error.

There may have other issue too, as i found out a bit too late;
As had to redo all the backup again.
The drive I found this out on is not an OS drive.
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04 Dec 2016   #9
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

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.
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04 Dec 2016   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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.
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