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Bare Metal Restore to a smaller hard drive


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Does anyone know of a way to bare metal restore to a smaller sized hard drive?  I'd like to restore WS2012R2e to a 128GB SSD but right now it's backed up from a 500GB hard drive - my experience has been that you can only restore to an equal or greater sized hard drive - looking to see if anyone has any workarounds to this... - Trying to put the SSD on the famous Schoondoggie bracket!

 

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Since you already have that 500 gig backup. Use Disk Management and shrink your current OS drive partition to smaller than the SSD. Then do a new backup and restore the new backup to the SSD. 

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Be aware you could run into issues: sometimes there are so-called 'unmovable files' in a location on the drive that will prevent you from shrinking it as small as you need. Hopefully, that won't be the case, but be prepared.

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I'll give it a shot without doing anything special - If it bombs out or only re-partitions down to a certain size and no more then at least I know that it could very well be due to some immovable files.  Then I'll need to decide if I want to go the PerfectDisk route.

 

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As long as the partition being restored will fit on the new drive, it works, with a caveat.  Use a docking station mount the new drive and the executable estore file and point to the the new drive.  Works like a champ.

 

The beauty is you can restore any machine that has been backed up to any external drive then place that drive in the new target client and off you go.

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jmwills makes a good point; you absolutely do NOT have to restore an image using the computer it was made from -- you can use any computer that can run the Recovery Disk.

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So looks like I ran into the immovable file situation.  I can't shrink the volume below 300GB...  Plan B is just to get a 500GB 2.5" spindle drive and attach it to the bracket and use that as my OS drive.

 

As always - thanks for everyone's help.


Although I think I'll still look into Perfect Disk and see if I can trust it to move the immovable files.

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As long as you don't mess with the original drive (i.e. you keep it as it is, so you have a fallback) you should be able to experiment to your heart's content.

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