Windows 10: W10 macrium mirror to be restored on a smaller drive

Discus and support W10 macrium mirror to be restored on a smaller drive in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; My Windows 10 Acer V5 laptop has a ~430GB drive (excluding the system and W10 recovery partition), and I am creating a Macrium mirror copy and saving... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by ineuw, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. ineuw Win User

    W10 macrium mirror to be restored on a smaller drive


    My Windows 10 Acer V5 laptop has a ~430GB drive (excluding the system and W10 recovery partition), and I am creating a Macrium mirror copy and saving on a borrowed external drive temporarily. My plan is to subdivide the drive with Minitool as

    150 system partition
    150 for My documents & other data
    100+ macrium backups

    Of the 430GB, the system programs and data occupy 63GB. Can I restore the original mirror to a reduced size partition and will it boot?

    :)
     
    ineuw, Nov 7, 2017
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  2. Tryx3 Win User

    windows 10 restoring system image to smaller ssd faster disk

    Techmajor,

    I once used Acronis True Image to restore a system image from a larger drive onto a smaller SSD. I did this using its normal image restore function and not its cloning function.

    I don't know if
    Macrium Reflect [Free]
    can do this.

    Denis
     
    Tryx3, Nov 7, 2017
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  3. Black screen after Creator's Update

    Hi I love my Macrium Reflect. I'm a fearless PC user; knowing I can restore to exactly like I was before the problem. I've been a Macrium user for years and Macrium has never let me down. I can restore the image back even on a new hard drive. That makes
    me fearless! The W10 back up feature is better then nothing, but Macrium is the best insurance you can have IMHO! I have just been a PC user sense 2004, so I'm still a newbie. LOL. Thanks for your reply!
     
    garybear89, Nov 7, 2017
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  4. topgundcp Win User

    W10 macrium mirror to be restored on a smaller drive

    topgundcp, Nov 7, 2017
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  5. Back-ups should be on a different drive and not another partition of the same drive you are making back-ups of. If the HDD fails how do you plan to access the back-ups if they are on the same drive?
     
    ArnoldLayne, Nov 7, 2017
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  6. ineuw Win User
    W10 macrium mirror to be restored on a smaller drive [​IMG]


    Here is the disk layout image. I hope that this is what was wanted.
     
    ineuw, Nov 7, 2017
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  7. ineuw Win User
    ArnoldLayne, it helps if you would have read the posts from the beginning. The macrium backup is currently residing on an external drive not shown because I disconnected it.
     
    ineuw, Nov 7, 2017
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  8. W10 macrium mirror to be restored on a smaller drive

    You stated you want to partition the main drive as such:

    150 system partition
    150 for My documents & other data
    100+ macrium backups

    I made the assumption this is the internal hard drive of the laptop.
     
    ArnoldLayne, Nov 7, 2017
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  9. ineuw Win User
    Yes, that's correct. Separate partitions are not affected if the OS crashes on its own partition, even if it is the same disk drive. I use this setup on my desktop and I did many restores using the Macrium Live USB, but the C: drive to be restored was always the same. If you ever used Windows 7 mirror backup, that mirror can only be restored to the same or a larger size drive. In any case, Microsoft pulled that backup software.

    My question is, that if my mirror of a 430 GB disk, of which only 63 GB is used, will the restore work to a 150gb partition.
     
    ineuw, Nov 7, 2017
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  10. topgundcp Win User
    • I assume that you've already created a Rescue Disk. Boot up with it.
    • Click on restore tab and browse for the backup image on the external HD.
    • Select your current Windows drive as destiunation drive.
    • Click on each partition of the destination drive, then click "Delete Existing Partition" until empty as shown:

      W10 macrium mirror to be restored on a smaller drive [​IMG]
    • Next click on first partition (400MB) drag and drop to the destination, do the same for 300MB.
      NOTE: You might have an extra MSR partition which was not shown with disk management. If so, do the same as for 400MB and 300MB.
    • Now, drag and drop C drive from source then click on "Restored Partition Properties" as shown. Enter New partiiton size. In your case, would be 150GB.

      W10 macrium mirror to be restored on a smaller drive [​IMG]
    • Drag and drop next partition and repeat step 6, enter 150GB.
    • Drag and Drop the last partition then click on Maximum size so it would take the rest.
      Final layout should look like this: 400MB, 300MB, 150GB Cdrive, 150GB, ~130G
    • Click OK ->Next->Finish
    • Once done, just to make sure it will boot. Click on "Fix Windows Boot Problems" and follow the screen.
    • Reboot.

    NOTE: The screens above are from my disk and shown as an example.
     
    topgundcp, Nov 7, 2017
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  11. ineuw Win User
    topgundcp many many thanks for your labors. Your instructions are perfectly clear and my disk partition scheme is identical to yours. Just now, also came across a Macrium forum post with the same issue and the responses indicated that Macrium will readjust itself to the smaller C: partition. Thanks again.
     
    ineuw, Nov 7, 2017
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  12. RolandJS Win User
    "...macrium backup is currently residing on an external drive..."
    and
    "150 system partition
    150 for My documents & other data
    100+ macrium backups"
    A quick reading of the above, would have led to my assuming that future backups will be stored on the same physical hard-drive, along with the OS and Data partitions.
    Overall thread read -- MR backups will remain on the external hard-drive, did I understand that correctly?
     
    RolandJS, Apr 5, 2018
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