Just curious about your Macrium experience.
Did you format your usb or ssd as fat 32 or ntfs ?
The part about the ssd may be stupid on my part.
Fat 32 only allows 4GB files.
NTFS allows any size file.
Did you choose All local drives to image ?
All you had to do was have your ssd attached & to have chosen it as the destination for the image to be saved on.
Or a usb drive.
I can save my image on a 32 GB usb due to it getting compressed by Macrium.
Sorry in advance if this post is useless.
That is not so. The SSD has to be only large enough to contain the data from the partitions that are being imaged - usually C and the system partition. There are some OEMs though (e.g. Dell), that put the bootngr on the recovery partition. In that case the recovery partition data has to also fit on the SSD.because your SSD would have to be the same size (or larger) than you current hard drive for the image restoral process to work
@whs: Also, if you look at the disk management view you requested, you can see that his C partition is a whopping 456GBs so what's your point with regard to the OPs condition? Personally, I don't think the OP needs a full tutorial on disk imaging at this point. I think he needs a solution and discrediting my analysis (with regard to his situation) does nothing to help him IMHO.
The size of the partition or hard drive has no bearing on the image. Only the size of the data it contains. E.g. when you image a 500GB partition with 100GB of data, the image will be compressed to appr. 65GBs. That image you can restore to any SSD which is larger than 100GB. Try it, e.g. with free Macrium. I have done that many times.because your SSD would have to be the same size (or larger) than you current hard drive for the image restoral process to work
Likewise, the Paragon Migration Tool will migrate any partition(s) to a SSD where the amount of data is not larger than the size of the SSD. The size of the originating partition(s) is irrelevant. I have done that also many times.
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Were you able to choose the destination of the image?
If the default destination was your 'Backup (F), obviously it won't fit!
once again, don't image all your personal files and data, just your clean OS and settings and programs.
The System Reserved should 'tag along' automatically:
and merge automatically:
I think the resulting image was 84 gb. I am away from the laptop for the night. More on this tomorrow. I need to download the latest version of macrium and see how it does. Each of you have been a tremendous help. I tend to jump right in. The ssd is ntfs it came out of my desktop and was running win 8 pro.
I will probably have to install the ssd and use recover cd by easeus or a usb. Laptop will boot from usbs.
Yes, Edwin I was able to choose which drive to backup to, I used the Windows command line command on one of my win8 Pro desktops to backup the system drive and it finished.