Macrium wont work unless I resize the OS partition?

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  1. Posts : 585
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    Macrium wont work unless I resize the OS partition?

    I decided to clone a 1 TB drive to a 500 gb SSD drive in a laptop.
    I thought use Macrium, every likes it.
    So I backed up the entrie drive to to an external USB drive which took 6 hours.
    But it seems all this time is wasted. Macrium says the destination drive is too small.

    Can I tell Macrium to somehow use the backup adjust it to fit?
    The data on the 1 TB drive amounts to 180gb only.

    Is there some other program that I can use that is easier?
    I dont know what to do now.
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    I suspect you may not have read the manual.. a quick search found this (old version 5) - there will be a v7 equivalent somewhere...
    Restore Partitions with Resize and Reorder

    I know it's possible, just never done it myself.

    You also mentioned the word 'clone'. Well, if the partitions on the source disk were laid out to fill the disk (regardless of the used space), then you certainly can't clone 1Tb to a smaller drive.

    Here's the v7 manual- search for 'resize' and you should find relevant material.
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    I did something similar to this recently using AOMEI but I simply did it as an image restore of a of an image file to a different and smaller partition.

    It may be possible to do what you want but isn't a clone a clone, a bit perfect image wheras an normal disk image file would be way smaller in any case (if you only have 180Gb to back up) and would just restore to the new drive. You could then resize the restored image using Windows own disk management.
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  5. Posts : 585
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    Thread Starter

    Dont assume I know anything about words.
    I just tried following this here

    It just always says insufficient space on destination drive. Even though that poster says it adjusts automatically.

    I dont know what to do.
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  6. Posts : 585
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    Thread Starter

    Macrium seems setup to only restore partitions to the same existing hardware where the image was taken?
    I have a new smaller drive.
    Is it then supposed to be this one as it is new hardware?

    From the rescue environment you can launch Macrium ReDeploy to adapt the recovered Windows system to its new environment whether that is a virtual machine or a different computer. With Macrium Reflect ReDeploy, you can restore an image to a replacement computer or even create virtual hard drives to virtualize the machine, a technique sometimes called Physical to Virtual or P2V.Macrium ReDeploy is now included in all paid editions of Macrium Reflect. This excludes the Free Edition and 30 day trials.
    I am willing to start over with something else if anyone knows it will work.
    I only have one drive bay in the laptop.
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  8. Posts : 585
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    Thread Starter

    Ok, wil watch the video, but ASFAIK, I already did this and it says it cant do it.
    After selecting your backup archive and destination disk, you can just select "Copy selected partitions" and the partitions will be auto scaled to fit a smaller disk. In this example the backup of a 60GB disk is being restored to a 30Gb disk.
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  9. Posts : 585
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    Ok, the video wont work ASFAIK for ME. since the video is talking about a clone event done at the same time. I only have one hard drive bay. I cant clone it directly drive to drive. I suppose I could rip my desktop PC apart, put the drives in it and do it that way??

    It seems making the Macrium the image was a waste of time.
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  10. Posts : 585
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    Thread Starter

    So what do people do for laptops when putting in a new smaller SSD drive?
    I only can run one hard drive at a time, not 2 drives.
    Anyone just tell me what will work without me wasting hours of time. I am open to using something else.

    What a pain, have to pull out the big desk, yank apart the desktop PC, disconnect other drives, figure out which is my boot drive, plug in the little laptop drives and do a clone and hope it works and will it even boot after yanking it all back out and putting laptop back together. Is there an easier way to do this?
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