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    hypothetical - W7 - partition - image question

    Curious; and I'd rather ask it as a question than try it, and muck things up:

    Suppose you had W7, and a 2-drive system, with your OS on 1 drive, and your data on the other.
    You take an image of your OS drive.
    You then shrink the size on the drive given over to your OS and programs ('cause maybe you're thinking
    of creating another partition on the OS' drive.)

    Would that image you took before you played around with sizes work, in terms of doing a restore?

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    Dick,

    As long as the uncompressed size of the Image will still fit on the resized partition the restore should work just fine.
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    http://kb.acronis.com/content/2770

    Depends on the software used I think, not sure if all support restoring to a smaller partition or not. Looks like Acronis Home has since 2009 version.

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    If you used the win7 image application the drive you restore to must be at least same size or larger partition. It will not restore to a smaller partition.
    As said third party image applications may/may not allow restore to smaller partitions.

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    Thanks all:
    To close the loop:
    I used Partition Wizard to skinny-down the OS partition; and,
    using Macrium Reflect, I was able to restore an image I took earlier this morning.
    Best,
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    Most 3rd party apps will do this just fine. Acronis also does this. This is the logic used when you are purchasing new HDs or SSDs. The new drive is almost never the exact same size as the partition containing your present OS, hence you would need the ability of restoring to a different size partition.
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    A program like Ghost 11.5, which I use for every OS from '98 to W-7, copies only files, not blank space, when doing a Partition to Image backup, so as long as the uncompressed files will fit on the new partition, no problem. *

    * It's always a good idea, before making a partition backup, to delete all the junk and unnecessary files OFF of the drive.
    Doing a very aggressive cleanup on my own C: drive before I back it up, I eliminate over 5 gigs of junk before I do my backup.
    I do all my backups from a DOS boot disk, so I have no problems deleting the Pagefile and old Restore Points, that take up a very large amount of space.


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