Windows 10: Shrink system image?

Discus and support Shrink system image? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Is there any way to shrink a system backup image? I usually use the built-in "Win 7" backup function, but it creates an image about the same size as... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by paul1149, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. paul1149 Win User

    Shrink system image?


    Is there any way to shrink a system backup image? I usually use the built-in "Win 7" backup function, but it creates an image about the same size as the working install, which is usually about 21GB. This is a problem on eMMCs, which typically run 64 or even just 32GB of total room.

    I was looking at a factory Win7 recovery partition, and they manage to get it down to 8GB. Presumably that includes copies of their manifold bloatware installers as well. So shrinking should be possible, I would think, but how?

    :)
     
    paul1149, Oct 22, 2018
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  2. OrbitzXT Win User

    Is there a way to shrink the partition size of a system image?

    I made a noob mistake and forgot to shrink the partition size of a system image that I intended to clone to another PC. I made the image this morning and just went to clone it now and realized it won't fit on the SSD I have in this computer. I don't have access to the original PC right now to shrink the partition and recreate the system image. Is there anything I can do or am I screwed?
     
    OrbitzXT, Oct 22, 2018
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  3. System Image Problem


    I'm getting a head start in case you get on early.

    Can you post camera pics to your thread from your phone?

    There will be steps later that require attention to detail and I'd feel better if I could see what's on your screen. I had to try the steps more than once when I tested the process and I'd like to avoid that on your machine.

    Here's what I'd like to do for the Macrium Rescue steps later on in the process
    I'll post the the step, you'll post an picture of the Macrium screen,
    I'll echo same screen back if I see something that needs changing or I'll just say Go Ahead

    When I confirm that the Macrium screen, you'll make any changes I've highlighted and THEN execute the step

    Here's where you begin today's session, we'll get as far as we get and then pick up when you get back home.

    Step 1: Safeguard the System Image by moving it to a new folder

    1. Connect the Seagate exp drive

    2. File Explorer: Navigate to the Seagate drive

    3. Create a new Folder named 1_sysImage

    4. Move WindowsImageBackup to 1_sysImage

    Step 2: List the VHDs in the System Image

    1. File Explorer: Navigate to 1_sysImage\WindowsImageBackup\machineName\Backup date-time

    2. Press the Type column to sort by Type

    3. Post a screen shot
     
    Slartybart, Oct 22, 2018
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  4. Shrink system image?

    System Image Problem


    [table][tr][td]Version[/td] [td]Date[/td] [/tr] [tr][td]5.05[/td] [td]8/03/2009[/td] [/tr] [tr][td]5.08[/td] [td]7/21/2009[/td] [/tr] [/table]
    Which one is newer?
    Only 5.05 was offered on HP for the machine I linked.
    The description danced around some of the anomalies we're seen with drives.

    Since only 5.05 was offered, I questioned 5.08
    Guess we know the answer now - 5.05 failed to flash.
    We could spend time trying to figure that out, but IMO it's better on the back burner for now

    I think the next step is to try the Macrium sleight of hand to get the System Image restored.
    I'd like to get the System Image up and running to do the follwoing

    • Copy Nick's data to a folder off of the restored System Image C: drive

    • run a Belarc Advisor audit to collect license keys for Nick's software

    • there might be other data collection that Nick can do in preparation for the final step

    The final step is a clean install, install up-to-date MS and 3rd party software, and restore the copied personal data.

    Nick was having difficulty locating the outlook files in the System Image - so getting it back running live is the best I can think of.

    Thoughts, suggestions, and objections are always welcome and considered
     
    Slartybart, Oct 22, 2018
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