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rlcronin
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USA
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Posted - August 11 2012 :  21:52:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If I have an image of a 750GB drive, but the drive only contained (say) 100GB, can I restore the image to a 256GB drive? Will Reflect (Pro) allow me resize the partition in the 750GB image on the fly to fit on the smaller drive? Or do I have to shrink the partition before I make the image?
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Edited by - rlcronin on August 11 2012 21:53:04

et_and_family
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United Kingdom
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Posted - August 11 2012 :  23:27:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi

You can clone a larger partition to a smaller partition; you can also restore an Image of a larger partition to a smaller partition. In both cases you choose the partition sizes when you set up the clone or restore. You can restore/clone several partitions in the same operation, shrinking or enlarging (as selected) during the restore or cloning process.

The partitions you are cloning to or restoring to, must always be larger than the used space of the source partitions.

You can do the above with the Standard, Professional and Server editions of Macrium Reflect. If you restore to different hardware then the Professional or Server editions are needed to enable ReDeploy to be run after the restore.

The following tutorials should get you started on restoring/cloning: http://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50079.aspx
http://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50081.aspx

So to answer your question: you can restore a 750GB drive (with 100Gb of used space) to a 256GB drive using the Professional edition. The partitions are shrunk as part of the restoring of the Image process. You do not need to shrink partitions before you create an Image.

Hope this helps

Regards

et
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rlcronin
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USA
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Posted - August 12 2012 :  00:11:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by et_and_family

Hi

You can clone a larger partition to a smaller partition; you can also restore an Image of a larger partition to a smaller partition. In both cases you choose the partition sizes when you set up the clone or restore. You can restore/clone several partitions in the same operation, shrinking or enlarging (as selected) during the restore or cloning process.

The partitions you are cloning to or restoring to, must always be larger than the used space of the source partitions.

You can do the above with the Standard, Professional and Server editions of Macrium Reflect. If you restore to different hardware then the Professional or Server editions are needed to enable ReDeploy to be run after the restore.

The following tutorials should get you started on restoring/cloning: http://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50079.aspx
http://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50081.aspx

So to answer your question: you can restore a 750GB drive (with 100Gb of used space) to a 256GB drive using the Professional edition. The partitions are shrunk as part of the restoring of the Image process. You do not need to shrink partitions before you create an Image.

Hope this helps

Regards

et


Excellent news, many thanks.

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