1.    14 Dec 2016 #1
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    Is cloning Hidden partitions from HDD to SSD necessary?


    Hi guys.
    I have a one-TB HDD on my laptop and want to replace it by a 240-GB SSD and there are some questions about hidden partitions and other things. First of all in Macrium reflect, I see that there are some hidden partitions which I don't know what they are. The first question, should I select these hidden partitions for cloning to SSD beside the windows partiton? The second question, the windows partition has 415-GB capacity and it is larger than my SSD, should the entire partition be smaller than the SSD or just the amount of used space? in case if I need to shrink windows partition before cloning. Also there is a 25-Gb recovery partition which is not hidden and I want to know if I should select it for cloning too. You can see the screenshot of my Macrium below.

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  2.    14 Dec 2016 #2
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    You can clone a big drive to smaller as long as the used space is smaller than the target the image isn't clear enough to see details of partition but normally the 128 drive is the actual boot drive so it won't boot if you don't copy that you don't need the recovery one but assuming it's MBR you need to copy the boots error or it won't boot
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  3.    14 Dec 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuria View Post
    You can clone a big drive to smaller as long as the used space is smaller than the target the image isn't clear enough to see details of partition but normally the 128 drive is the actual boot drive so it won't boot if you don't copy that you don't need the recovery one but assuming it's MBR you need to copy the boots error or it won't boot
    thanks for your response. The HDD is in GPT format. I put a better screenshot for you also the screenshot of disk management.

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  4.    14 Dec 2016 #4
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    You need the 260mb EFI System partition and the Windows partition.
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  5.    15 Dec 2016 #5
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    You do need the hidden partitions. Reflect makes it easy - choose the option "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" on the left hand side of the Reflect window:
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    There are advantages in imaging then restoring your system to a new PC compared to cloning - see my guide enclosed.
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