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Restoring image to a smaller drive

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#1 aod_


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:38 AM

I’ve used Drive XML to create an image of a fresh installation of Windows, so I can duplicate it for a different configuration (on the same PC).


The source image was on a 320GB hard drive, single primary partition. The used space totalled 30GB.

I’ve tried restoring the image to a 80GB drive, however it won’t do this as the destination disk needs to be as big or bigger than the original disk the image was created from.


I want the ability to be able to restore this image (which is only 30GB) to a smaller hard drive (like the 80GB one I have).

How can I achieve this?



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#2 bory504


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:44 AM

You have to use the same size drive or higher. Some images from certain manufactures are very picky with what size drive you use.

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#3 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:47 AM



I don't use Drive image XML so i am not sure about it's limitations but what you are trying to do can be done with Macrium reflect free





Edited by Anshad Edavana, 16 September 2013 - 10:49 AM.

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