02-25-2012 11:08 AM
02-25-2012 11:48 AM
Hello... I have a restore point taken from a larger hdd. The restore size is 449gb.
Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management?
How much data is present in the OS partition?
02-25-2012 07:08 PM
Thanks for responding... I don't know that I can get a shot of disk management from that image. it was a windows vista image fresh from Dell factory so it is only the OS and norton installed on it... I was (still am) pretty green on the process so I followed the prompts as it took the image... it makes sense now that it took a snapshot of the enitire partician but at the time I didn't figure I would ever purchase a smaller drive. I can't imaging the OS is more than 20 gigs.
Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated... if the screen shot is critical if you can give me a few hints how I might get a screenshot from just the V2I file...
I also took an image of the other particition - the Dell factory restore (only like 8 gigs)... I put that on the SSD and hoped to use that to reload the factory image from the Dell utility, but for some reason I can't get into advanced boot options from the bios, only boot from usb, or sata hard drive.
Again I know I can install from CD and start from scratch, but I know the factory image is better and I would rather use that if it is possible...
Thanks for the help...
02-25-2012 08:42 PM
Don't worry, we'll get your OS onto the SSD. I'm just a little confused about your current computer. It's a Dell with Vista and you want to put that Vista partition on the SSD. Correct?
If the above is correct I'd like to see a screenshot of Disk Management from your computer. (ignore your .v2i)
Right click Computer, Manage, Disk Management.
02-26-2012 09:06 AM
Yes you have it correct.... I have win vista image taken right after I got the computer from Dell... it is an XPS 420. I put win 7 on it after a while from the upgrade disk... I plan to do the same once I get the SSD up and running with the vista image.
I also have a 1 TB drive with Media on it that I will be attaching as well. You can see in the screen shot, the SSD is not attached but i could be if needed.
02-26-2012 12:32 PM - edited 02-26-2012 12:38 PM
We can't see your screenshot yet. Everything depends on the OS partition size.
Ghost does sector based restores so if your original partition was....( * is sectors in use, - is free space)
then the target partition to restore into can not be smaller than...
A target partition of
is not large enough.
02-26-2012 01:02 PM
Are you trying to restore Vista just so you can use the Windows 7 upgrade disk?
Or did the factory install also contain some programs that you want to keep?
Because it's my understanding that you actually can do a clean installation using an upgrade disk in a couple different ways, the more time consuming way of installing it twice is actually supported by Microsoft.
02-26-2012 05:51 PM - edited 02-26-2012 06:02 PM
Over 8 hours before we could see your image. That is a record.
Your Vista partition is 451 GB. Even though there were only basic OS files in the partition when the computer arrived it is likely there were sectors in use beyond the 120 GB mark.
I see two solutions. Restore the original Vista image to an internal HD. Resize the partition to 120 GB. Image that partition. Restore the new image to your blank SSD. To unallocated space.
Or use Dave's suggestion.