Restore Image to new (bigger) harddisk in same Computer.

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Rob-NL, Mar 9, 2006.

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  1. Rob-NL

    Rob-NL Registered Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    I read the FAQ about "How can i prepair my Windows XP system for cloning/migrating to different hardware".

    But i am not quite sure how to do it for my situation. Can somebody help/explain me please??
    Confusion about the remark in the article about 2 computers having the same (SID) and computer name. (Well, i do it on the same computer, but ....)

    My configuration:

    - Windows XP-Pro, Computer with 4 Serial Ata connections
    - 2 harddisks (C-drive; D-drive)
    - BackUp image with True image saved on D_Drive

    My question:

    - I want to install a new (bigger) C_drive (300Gb)
    - Can i connect the new drive to the 3rd SA connection (Will be drive E: )
    - Migrate(?) the Windows system from the True-image back-up image on D: to the new E_drive?
    - Remove the (old) C_Drive
    - Make the new harddisk E: with the "cloned" windows system my new C_drive(startup drive in bios) and then restart the computer and have everything working on my new harddisk??

    Well is this an illusion or will this work for me, or did i make some major logical errors?

    (Sorry for my English, but it is the best i can produce)


    Rob van IJzerloo
    The Netherlands
  2. Xpilot

    Xpilot Registered Member

    May 14, 2005
    There are several different ways to achieve what you require.
    My own choice would be to proceed thus:-
    Make sure you have an up to date image of the whole of C drive on D drive.
    Remove C drive from the computer and connect the 300GB in it's place.
    Boot from your recovery CD and restore your image from D to the new drive.
    Remove the CD in the drive and reboot.
    Now you will find that you will have unallocated space on your new C drive. To fix this use the Acronis secure zone wizard to create a temporary zone to use this space. Then, using the manage secure zone wizard, delete the secure zone and allocate the released space to C partition.
    I know this method sounds a bit strange but it works,it is fast, it is safe ( your original C drive is not altered) , you already have a backup image to hand and this process is what you would go through if you had suffered from a failure of your C drive.

  3. Rob-NL

    Rob-NL Registered Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    Thank you Xpilot,

    :D I will buy that new drive and proceed as you suggested!!
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