Macrium: image and restore to smaller drive


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    Macrium: image and restore to smaller drive


    Hey all,

    First-time poster and also new to Macrium. I have a 1TB M.2 SSD in my laptop that I want to image, transfer to another computer, and then I want to restore the image to a smaller (500GB) replacement M.2 drive.

    I'm working with only 1 M.2 slot, so I created a Macrium recovery drive. My plan was to save the image in my secondary storage drive, boot from the recovery drive, then restore the image to the (smaller) replacement SSD.

    I guess my question is: am I going to have issues trying to restore the image to a smaller drive?
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    You shouldn't................unless the occupied space of the imaged partitions on the original 1 TB drive was larger than the 500 GB capacity of the new drive.
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    ignatzatsonic said:
    You shouldn't................unless the occupied space of the imaged partitions on the original 1 TB drive was larger than the 500 GB capacity of the new drive.
    Thanks for the quick reply! I've only used around 230GB, so no issue there.

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  4. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    Did you confirm it is properly activated?

    I'm not sure if that would necessarily work without issues if moving to a new PC, rather than restoring to a new drive in the same PC.

    Is it a retail Windows license?
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    ignatzatsonic said:
    Did you confirm it is properly activated?

    I'm not sure if that would necessarily work without issues if moving to a new PC, rather than restoring to a new drive in the same PC.

    Is it a retail Windows license?
    This is a restoring to new drive in the same PC scenario, and...Windows seems to be activated. It's weird, the way I always check is to go to This PC -> Properties and when I do, it doesn't say anything about Windows being activated. I just have an icon that says "Copy."

    When I go to Activation settings, however, it says it's activated to a digital license linked to my Microsoft account. This is a Dell laptop, so not a retail Win 10 license, it should be an OEM license that came with the computer.
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    pclinkcomputers said:
    go to This PC -> Properties and when I do, it doesn't say anything about Windows being activated. I just have an icon that says "Copy."
    Can't say I've ever heard of that...........but it could be normal and just not reported around here.
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