clone/image large HD to smaller HD


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Hello, my windows 7 computer operating system harddrive is 500gb disc and I need to replace it with a 250gb SSD harddrive.  Is there a feature in Macrium Reflect 6 do this by clone or image?

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Reflect has the ability to "compact" a restored image during the process... BUT, it all depends on how much (and its layout) storage is in use on that big drive.  You can test this ahead of time by starting a restore process.  When the "Drag partition" window shows up and you do your drag, a LINK will show up at the bottom of that window called "Restored partition properties."  <click> on that link and a window will open offering you methods to resize your partition.  Resize your large partition (if it hasn't already done it for you) and if it will fit properly, Reflect will let you do the resize.  Once you know your answer, just CANCEL out of the Restoration process.

If it can be shrunk, Reflect will allow you to do it.
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Is this the process?

Image internal OS HD on external HD
Install new internal HD in second HD slot along side of existing OS HD
Restore image from external HD to new internal HD and "Restored partition properties" as required

Shut down computer
Remove old OS HD
Power up computer and load any drivers and windows updates










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Uman, Imaging (all partitions on the disk) to an external device is fine.  No need to leave existing internal HDD connected and in machine... just remove it and install your SSD in the same SATA port.  Make sure the external image device is USB connected and BOOT into your Macrium Reflect RECOVERY MEDIA.  Point your recovery media to the image to be restored, it will show up under your Restoration TAB.  Select it and <click> on "Restore image."  The "Drag partition" window should show up for use... everything else should follow as in previous message except follow the whole process through.  If the imaged partition won't fit on the new device, you'll have to go back to connecting the disconnected HDD to get the System to BOOT once again.

If it successfully restores, there will be no need to add any System drivers or Windows updates... the status of your System will be exactly the same as it was when it was imaged successfully.
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