Solved Disk clone to image to smaller drive how

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February 21, 2013 at 04:56:55
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, i7-720QM/4gb
I have 2 notebooks, i have recently just purchased a solid state drive for one. And i want to disk clone the old hard drive to the new ssd. The old hard drive is 500gb, but only 50gb data. The sdd is 128gb. I've looked up a few sites but they all require both hard drives to be installed. I have a welland sata disk caddy, so can access a disk via usb. I have 350gb spare on 2nd notebook. I need to know how i can make a image of the old hd save to the 2nd notebook, then restore that the sdd.

both notebooks have windows 7, i did come close to getting it to work with DriveImage xml, but it says the destination drive must be the same size of the source.

I have an version of acronis true image 2011 btw

any suggestions?

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February 21, 2013 at 05:26:19
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You should be best taking the disk image directly from the laptop to the SSD and then swapping it out. The back up section of Windows should be able to handle this, but Acronis absolutely should. If it gives you any trouble, shrink the existing partition on the original drive and try it again, but if the boot partition is a separate small 'hidden' partition, you will need to take that also, or you will need to do a start up repair on the SSD drive before you can use it. As far as I know, most SSD's as well as most hard drives purchased separately either include the software to clone the drive, or it is available for download from them and an SSD drive should definitely include the instructions for doing this from a larger drive to a smaller drive.
A complete new installation of Windows, or a reinstall from recovery disks would be slightly better, especially if you have had any problems with the system, but more work to get it set up as you like it though.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 21, 2013 at 15:14:51
ahh shrinking the old hdd's main partition, will give that a go.

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February 21, 2013 at 19:59:54
resizing the partition so its smaller worked. Used DriveImage XML to image the partitions.

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