Shadowprotect question-reduce image partition size?

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  1. Hugger

    Hugger Registered Member

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    I took an image of my fresh install of Windows 7 x64 right after all updates and drivers were installed.
    However, I neglected to partition the hard drive before taking the image.
    So now SP thinks it needs 1T of space to do a restore.
    Is there a way to resize the partition in the image?
    Thanks.
    Hugger
     
  2. Peter2150

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    Why not just reimage?
     
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    Because I've installed most of my programs.
    I wanted the original image to be used in place of installing the os again.
     
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    Never mind.
    I found something by a wise old owl that was just what I needed.
    Sorry, don't remember his name off the top of my head.
    "1) Image the system.

    2) In the Vista environment, Mount the image as a writeable drive.

    3) Dismount it saving the incremental. In the dismount wizard tick the shrink volume box.

    4) Then when you restore to the smaller drive, restore the incremental.

    Note, I believe it has to be an NTFS volume. "

    Thanks.
    Hugger
     
  5. wat0114

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    That method works with SP (the only way I know of to restore the SP images to a smaller part), but it sure doesn't shrink it by very much, at least not for me. Peter's suggestion is ultimately the best, I think. You could use Partition Wizard or GParted disks to shrink the part to the size you want, then re-image.
     
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    I'm using the newest version, 3.5.1, which has a Windows 7 boot environment instead of Vista.
    Using Peter's directions I was able to shrink my original image to a much smaller one.
    I tested the reduced image and it did restore properly.
    I'll try it again this afternoon just to make sure it wasn't an oddball mistake of some kind.
    Hugger
     
  7. wat0114

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    Wow! By how much were you able to shrink the image by? Did you have to remove a lot of data from the mounted image or did SP just automatically shrink it for you? I'm using 3.5 recovery disk and I've never been able to get the images shrunk by more than just a very small percentage.
     
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    Go back and read the post's in SP's forum about reducing the size.
    If I understood the posts properly, you can only reduce the partition by the amount of free space in that partition/drive. I don't think you can compact it.
    I think you could also use a good defrag/optimizer before trying to reduce the size of the partition or drive.

    What I have to figure out is why this works for me when I have the image residing in E drive but not when I have it on a thumb drive/F drive.
    When I used the F drive I got a pop up that files/data were missing.
    Yet all I had done was to 'Send to' F drive from E drive.
     
  9. wat0114

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    I found the following in the manual:

    As you mention, defragging the image first can help. All I know is that when I tried to restore an image to only a slightly smaller partition (maybe 200 MB smaller), i had a heck of a time. I shrunk the the mounted image several times but kept getting "your target volume is too small" or something to that effect. My original image was created off an ~ 70 GB part that had 35 GB free space on it. Maybe the defrag procedure will help a lot. Interesting. Storagecraft is supposedly going to release a future product that will easily enable restoring to smaller volumes. Hopefully that materializes soon.
     
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    If I run across it I'll post it.
     
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