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  1.    23 Jun 2017 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by f14tomcat View Post
    May need to do it in a couple of steps. First, get all your user files off somewhere else. Nice tutorial here to accomplish that: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Then, all should be left is the OS and Program Files, Program Files (x86), etc...... everything BUT your user files. Macrium an image of that. Restore the MR image to the new drive. Move the user files back to the previous drive, where they were. And point to them there from the OS on the new drive.

    Make any sense? Or am I missing the whole point? Wouldn't be the first time.

    Thank you!

    I'm almost there (a month later). I've moved the user files as described in the link.

    Unfortunately, I'm stuck on trying to move the boot stuff to a smaller drive.

    Currently, boot files are on a 1Tb drive, about to move them to a 300GB drive. The current boot drive has only about 55GB written to it, and the macrium image file is 31.8GB (it's compressed). When I try to restore the image to the 300GB drive, I get the error that there isn't enough space.


    Thank you!

    I'm almost there (a month later). I've moved the user files as described in the link.

    Unfortunately, I'm stuck on trying to move the boot stuff to a smaller drive.

    Currently, boot files are on a 1Tb drive, about to move them to a 300GB drive. The current boot drive has only about 55Gb
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  2.    24 Jun 2017 #12
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    During the restore process, are you dragging and dropping the partition you want to move from the source drive image to the destination drive? It should then give you the option to resize the partition to fit onto the smaller drive. You also need to drop the partition into a space on the smaller drive that is big enough - either over the top of an existing partition or an unallocated space - but either the way the space you are dropping the partition onto must have enough room for the used partition of the source partition.

    Let's say you have an existing partition and 10 GB empty at the end of the destination drive. You can't drop a partition with 55 GB of data into the 10 GB empty space at the end of the drive.
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  3.    15 Jul 2017 #13
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    Here's a brief summary of how I ended up going from one 1TB HDD (C:\) containing all of my files (OS, programs, documents/personal data) to three hard drives; C:\, containing the OS and programs, 160GB 10,000RPM Velociraptor; and D:\, containing Documents, Downloads, Images, etc, actually two 1TB HDDs on RAID 1.

    Preparations
    - I recommend having 4-5 drives to complete the process (three to install, one or two for backups along the way).
    - Macrium is a very elegant and handing imaging tool, but if you need to mirror from a larger disk to a smaller (like I will the OS and program files from a 1TB drive to a 160GB drive), then you'll need AOMEI.
    - Get a book to read, this will take a while.
    The Process:

    1. Obviously, start by backing up your current drive to a 4th disk you won't be using.
    2. Watch the video and read the instructions here to move all of your personal files--probably the most complicated step. Note: when it comes to creating the unattended answer file, don't sweat it if you notice that the file shown in the video differs from the one you copy and paste from the instructions. I used the text from the instructions (not the video) and everything turned out fine on the first go.

    You now have two drives in your computer and could leave things as is, C:\ and D:\. I noticed a difference in performance at this point, applications that accessed data on both drives (the ones that didn't get messed up anyhow) were much quicker to load, but that's about it.

    3. Use AOMEI to mirror what's left on your first disk (C:\) to your 3rd disk, in my case this was the 160GB drive. Replace your first drive with your third drive.

    You still have two drives in your computer and could leave things as is, C:\ and D:\, but now your primary drive is more size-appropriate to it's job and could be a SSD or 10,000RPM drive as was my case. At this point, I noticed even better performance across the board; all of my applications loaded a bit quicker and the computer started up faster as well.

    4. Backup your data drive to your 5th drive (if available, otherwise, overwrite the backup on your 4th).

    5. Install your third drive, identical to the second drive at D:\

    6. Open Storage Spaces by searching "Storage Spaces" in start and pressing enter. (Or be old school and find it in Control Panel). On the left hand side you'll see "Create a new pool and storage space". Click on that and follow through all the settings. Instructions for this can be easily found.

    Now you have three drives in your computer and could leave things as is, C:\, D:\ and D:\(RAID).

    7. Depending on your motherboard and other hardware, you may or may not be able to encrypt your drives at this time. My hardware setup did not support encryption because I lacked a Trusted Platform Module. I ordered one and installed it. With luck, you can skip this step.

    8. To enable bitlocker, simply right click on the drive in explorer and select "Enable bitlocker" then follow through the dialogs. Instructions for this can easily be found.

    And now you have three encrypted drives on your computer, C:\ containing your OS and program files, and two RAID 1 disks at D:\.


    Rationale:
    A lot of this setup has to do with my particular needs. The data that is stored locally on my computer (not on my NAS) is data that I can't do without for a moment (some files I bring home from work are on there), so I used RAID 1 to make sure I always have a ready-to-use duplicate of it. On top of RAID, I use Windows 7 Backup to do a weekly backup of everything on my computer; this backup is done on a 1.5TB hot-swappable HDD that I only put in my computer when I do my weekly backup, this drive is also encrypted.

    Should one of my data drives fail, I've got one ready to go.
    Should my OS become problematic or fail, I can restore.
    Should my entire computer have a SHTF scenario like ransomeware, I have a physically dislocated backup of everything I can safely restore from.
    Should someone steal my computer, I have a backup of my data (since the backup drive is stored out of the computer in a fire safe).
    Also, should someone steal my computer, my data is secure from their prying eyes.

    Finally, maybe you're wondering to yourself, why didn't Foxtrot use an SSD?
    After a lot of research, I decided now simply isn't the time to be buying an SSD, especially considering reliability. At this point, to me, you pay a lot of money for nothing but speed at the risk of data corruption (SSDs are much more susceptible to the factors that concern me: stray electrons, power failures--I don't want a tree falling on my powerline to be what corrupts my drive). The only advantage SSDs seem to have in terms of reliability is that they're less susceptible to environmental factors (G forces, extreme temperatures) and I really don't take my desktop on trips to Antarctica all too frequently these days. In a few years when the price on SSDs is lower and the technology behind them is better, I'll look into an SSD as they are undeniably faster (and I might have to look at upgrading my CPU to see that increase).
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