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Using Vista Restore Feature to a SMALLER Drive

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#1 After Burner

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 11:48 PM

The hard drive on my laptop is making noises so I purchased a slightly smaller hard drive (existing HD 120 GB, new HD is 100 GB) and I am trying to use Vista's back up and restore feature.

The active partition is 60GB and I backed it up to my external USB drive and that went well, but when I try to restore the image (which says is only 44 GB large) to my 100 GB drive I get an error message saying that the drive is too small.

Is there anything I can do to copy image from a larger drive to a smaller drive, even though the data on the smaller drive is less than the data on the new drive?

Thanks in advance!

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