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Hello --- I would like to restore mt win7 os to a vm ---  I don't need the full size of the (current) boot/partition (1tb) and would need to shrink it ---  I read someplace 
that I can do this with reflect on a restore ---  I would appreciate if anyone can point me to the the section of the  manual/help were  I describes how to do this  --- thanks   
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This KB article shows how to resize partitions you're about to restore/clone while "staging" the operation.  To do this, rather than clicking "Copy selected partitions" on the first step of the restore wizard, instead drag the source partitions down to the destination one at a time, working left to right, and after dragging down the main partition you wish to shrink, select it and click "Restored partition properties" to resize it as desired, then resume dragging down any remaining partitions.  You will also very likely need to run ReDeploy after performing this restore if the image you're restoring didn't come from a VM.  You'd have to run ReDeploy from inside the VM by booting the VM from a Rescue Media ISO.

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jphughan - 27 October 2018 6:56 PM
This KB article shows how to resize partitions you're about to restore/clone while "staging" the operation.  To do this, rather than clicking "Copy selected partitions" on the first step of the restore wizard, instead drag the source partitions down to the destination one at a time, working left to right, and after dragging down the main partition you wish to shrink, select it and click "Restored partition properties" to resize it as desired, then resume dragging down any remaining partitions.  You will also very likely need to run ReDeploy after performing this restore if the image you're restoring didn't come from a VM.  You'd have to run ReDeploy from inside the VM by booting the VM from a Rescue Media ISO.

thanks for the info
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jphughan - 27 October 2018 6:56 PM
This KB article shows how to resize partitions you're about to restore/clone while "staging" the operation.  To do this, rather than clicking "Copy selected partitions" on the first step of the restore wizard, instead drag the source partitions down to the destination one at a time, working left to right, and after dragging down the main partition you wish to shrink, select it and click "Restored partition properties" to resize it as desired, then resume dragging down any remaining partitions.  You will also very likely need to run ReDeploy after performing this restore if the image you're restoring didn't come from a VM.  You'd have to run ReDeploy from inside the VM by booting the VM from a Rescue Media ISO.

since this is restore to (virtual) "bare metal" I was going to use the  recovery iso to do the restore --  thanks again  
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That's fine, but I mentioned ReDeploy in particular because there are two ways to restore to a VM, only one of which involves doing it within the VM:

#1: Create a new VM, boot it from the Rescue Media ISO, run the restore that way, and then in your case run ReDeploy.  This method is the closest equivalent to restoring a "real" PC, but sometimes this can be more complicated in a VM scenario because this method requires you to make the image source accessible from inside the VM, which sometimes involves jumping through more hoops depending on where the image file is located, e.g. setting up networking for the guest VM, possibly setting up file sharing on the host, temporarily attaching another virtual disk that contains the image into the VM, etc.  That's why some people choose Option #2.

#2: Create a new virtual disk file on the host, mount it on the host, and use Reflect running within the regular host OS to restore the desired image onto the mounted virtual disk file. Then unmount the virtual disk from the host and attach it to a VM instead.  This is sometimes easier, but if you go this route, you will STILL need to boot the VM into Rescue Media to run ReDeploy.

Edited 28 October 2018 12:06 AM by jphughan
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jphughan - 28 October 2018 12:03 AM
That's fine, but I mentioned ReDeploy in particular because there are two ways to restore to a VM, only one of which involves doing it within the VM:

#1: Create a new VM, boot it from the Rescue Media ISO, run the restore that way, and then in your case run ReDeploy.  This method is the closest equivalent to restoring a "real" PC, but sometimes this can be more complicated in a VM scenario because this method requires you to make the image source accessible from inside the VM, which sometimes involves jumping through more hoops, e.g. setting up networking and/or file sharing between the guest and host, temporarily attaching some other resource that contains the image to the VM, etc.  That's why some people choose Option #2.

#2: Create a new virtual disk file on the host, mount it on the host, and use Reflect running within the regular host OS to restore the desired image onto the mounted virtual disk file. Then unmount the virtual disk from the host and attach it to a VM instead.  This is sometimes easier, but if you go this route, you will STILL need to boot the VM into Rescue Media to run ReDeploy.

Thanks -- I like   option 2 ---  I would  not have   thought  of that one ---  
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