1.    20 May 2017 #1
    Join Date : May 2016
    Massachusetts
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    Windows 10 Pro 32-bit

    Replace a 1TB HDD with a 250 GB SSD


    HP p6716f Win10 HP (x64) desktop 1 TB hard drive (920 GB free) needs to be replaced.
    --- It appears to me there is only 80GB in use. Is that correct?
    Id like to replace it with an SSD: I suspect 250 GB would be more than ample size.
    I've read that it isn't possible to clone a HDD to a smaller size HDD.
    however Is it possible to clone that 1 TB HDD to a 250GB SSD since there's only 80 GB in use?
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  2.    20 May 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2016
    Crewe Cheshire
    Posts : 1,451
    windows 10

    Most cloning software lets you clone to a smaller drive providing there is enough space on the new drivve for the content of the old drive to make things simpler get rid of any emp files etc this does it better than any other UnCleaner – The Unnecessary Files Cleaner Solution - Josh Cell Softwares
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  3.    20 May 2017 #3
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Idaho USA
    Posts : 4,826
    OS X, Win 10

    If possible just add the SSD dive separately then set it up as the OS drive. . .Good luck.
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  4.    20 May 2017 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,335
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by MeAndMyComputer View Post
    however Is it possible to clone that 1 TB HDD to a 250GB SSD since there's only 80 GB in use?
    Yes.
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  5.    21 May 2017 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    I just replaced a 120GB SSD in my desktop with a 240GB SSD. Then I replaced a 500GB HDD in another desktop with my old 120GGB SSD. I used the Macrium Reflect Clone Disk function to go directly from drive to drive without problem. Click on the source drive, then clone this drive, then the empty target drive.

    Drag and drop partitions. Going from 120GB to 240GB, it did not give me the option to resize. I am sure I could have found it if I looked for it, but the OS partition was at the end anyway, so I just cloned without resizing. Then expanded the partition to fill the empty space after it cloned.

    Did the same procedure to go from 500GB HDD to 120GB SSD, when I drag and dropped the OS partition, Reflect automatically shrank it to fill the small space.

    No issue at all with either operation. There is no need to do an image through a third storage location, and there is no need to do any partition resizing before the cloning. Modern programs that do cloning do it at the file system level, not the bit by bit "forensic" level, and will also handle the resizing during the process. These modern programs have bit by bit "forensic" cloning as an option rather than the default.
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  6.    21 May 2017 #6
    Join Date : May 2016
    Massachusetts
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    Windows 10 Pro 32-bit
    Thread Starter

    "Modern programs that do cloning do it at the file system level, not the bit by bit "forensic" level, and will also handle the resizing during the process. These modern programs have bit by bit "forensic" cloning as an option rather than the default."
    Thank you NavyLCDR.
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