Drive/Partition Manipulation and Restore to Smaller Partition

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I've seen many times the wish for the ability to restore an image to a smaller partition, I agree that it's important and thought I'd put it here where it belongs.

Along the same lines would be the wish to be able to do more manipulation of the hard drives, in much the same as you can do with some of the Powerquest products eg.  On the fly creation and resizing of partitions (without data loss).
 

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arbert

Re: Drive/Partition Manipulation and Restore to Smaller Partitio

This would be our wishlist too.   We had to go out hunting new drives today to make an array big enough to restore a 1.5tb backup that only had 200gb of information :(

kylecarter

Re: Drive/Partition Manipulation and Restore to Smaller Partitio

Its possible to do these days, but is still a bit of a hack.. mount the image you want to restore in a vista environment, make sure its not marked read only.. when you dismount the image you get an option to shrink the image, when you save it it will save an incremental file along with the original image so the partition requirement is only the size of the data..

from:

 http://support.storagecraft.com/forum/version-33-unable-restore-smaller-partition#comment-18990

FTTester

Re: Drive/Partition Manipulation and Restore to Smaller Partitio

It would be helpful to be able to use any partion re-sizing utility to shrink a partition either prior to backup, or, during a restore.

Hopefully, it would also be able to deal with the Vista OEM (MFT) system file problem:

It looks like many PCs/laptops I've come across with Vista pre-installed (OEM licenses) make it very difficult to shrink or reduce the size of the Vista partition. Hopefully, this is a problem that Storagecraft will address when they allow users to shrink a partition during a restore.

The problem occurs because there is a system file (MFT sectors) placed right at the end of the Vista partition. I don't know whether this is by design or not, but it does make the process of reducing the Vista partition more difficult than it needs to be. Most partition tools either cannot move this system file in, or, in a valiant attempt to do so, screw things up.

I'd willingingly pay extra to have a StorageCraft partitioning tool feature that handles the above situation, especially if it could be used both prior to a backup and also during a restore.

kylecarter

Re: Drive/Partition Manipulation and Restore to Smaller Partitio

 I would also love this feature..

 Its like an ever increasing hard drive size requirement.. you can go bigger, but never smaller..

so you may be able to recover to a DR server, but recovering back to the original hardware may not be possible as the DR server is now on slightly bigger drives.

 

tdklaus

Re: Drive/Partition Manipulation and Restore to Smaller Partitio

Nate, I'm not sure if your reply was ironic or not, so I'll just strongly second this request. Most consumer PCs come preconfigured with their, let's say, 500GB hard drive as one big C:\ partition. About 20GB are used by the OS and some add-ons. You image the original config to a (maybe) 8GB image. And then find out after a hard drive crash that you can only re-create it on a 500GB drive, a 300GB won't do.... this is a serious limitation.

If you try to restore into a VM it becomes nothing short of ridiculous. 

 Actually, it's the ONLY limitation that keeps me from buying SPD now and rather live with all the issues of ATI.

True "HIR" should also include smaller partitions, as long as the data fits on them.

 
tdklaus
 

 

STC-Nate

Re: Drive/Partition Manipulation and Restore to Smaller Partitio

Thanks for the suggestions.