Cloning to a smaller drive using true image 9.0

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Tron, Mar 5, 2006.

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  1. Tron

    Tron Registered Member

    Mar 5, 2006
    I Hello,

    I'm having a terrible time getting the clone function to work. My computer had 2 sata II drives. I wanted something faster for applications, and so I bought the 150 gig WD Raptor, SATA 1.

    My current C drive is a WD sata 2 320 gig. I'm only using 15 gigs of it, so I assumed that I could just "clone it" si I would not have to re-install everything.

    I keep getting errors when I try to clone. This is the first 1:

    Some of your partitions contain errors etc...

    I ran scan disk, and ran my registry cleaners, and checked my boot ini file and everything is fine.

    The 2nd error:

    Your Hard disk is mutch smaller than the old one.....etc.

    I bought this software yesterday, and no where it does it say"only for cloning smaller to larger drives" :mad:

    Any help would be appreciated. I have nerver bought such hihly rated software that gave me this big a headache......

    Thsnk you,


    ps I already updated to the latest version.
  2. Tron

    Tron Registered Member

    Mar 5, 2006
    I would appreciate any input from anyone acronis employee or not
  3. Xpilot

    Xpilot Registered Member

    May 14, 2005
    Cloning to a smaller drive is not an option. However all is not lost. Using imaging of the old drive a restore can be made to a new smaller drive with no problem provided that the new drive has space for the original used space.
    For speed and ease of working I suggest you store and restore from another HDD if you have one to hand.

  4. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello Tron,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please check each partition of your hard drives by Windows utility:

    - For Windows 9x please use Windows menu Start\Run
    then enter the command "scandskw" and test all drives;

    - For Windows XP please use Windows menu Start\Run, then enter the command
    "chkdsk c: /r" "chkdsk d: /r" for every partition of your hard drives.

    Please note that you will need to reboot your computer in order to scan the system partition.

    You are able to clone your large hard drive to the smaller one, if you use only 15 GB of it.

    Please create the bootable rescue media with the latest build of Acronis True Image 9.0, boot your computer from it and try to clone your old hard drive to the new one in rescue mode.

    Please note that we recommend you to unplug one of the hard drives right after the disk cloning process has been finished, since keeping both original and cloned hard drives connected might cause different boot or drive letter assignment problems.

    If the problem still persists, please create Acronis Report and Windows System Information as it is described in Acronis Help Post.

    Please keep both source and destination hard drives connected while creating Acronis Report and Windows System Information.

    Please create an account, then log in and submit a request for technical support. Attach all the collected files and information to your request along with the step-by-step description of the actions taken before the problem appears and the link to this thread. We will investigate the problem and try to provide you with the solution.

    Thank you.
    Tatyana Tsyngaeva
  5. hexmaniac

    hexmaniac Registered Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    Cloning to a smaller drive works fine. I did the same thing you did. I bought a 150GB Raptor and 'cloned' my Western Digital 250GB SATA300 boot drive to it with no problem (38GB data). I was using TI8 and followed this procedure:

    1.) connect Raptor (unformatted right out of the box) to SATA port on mobo.

    2.) Booted to Acronis TI rescue disk and selected Clone Disk (Disk1 - Source, DiskX - Destination, your disks may vary). Do not delete source partitions.

    3.) After getting the operation complete message, shut down the PC, do not boot into XP.

    4.) Connect the Raptor to SATA1 and REMOVE the original Source disk.

    5.) Turn on PC, boots into XP, finds new devices, prompts for reboot.

    6.) Reboot. Boots into XP, other than an activation problem with InstallShield Express 11 (required me to contact IS to get my activation reset), all is well.

    If TI8 can do it, I do not see why TI9 cannot. HTH.

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