Moving Windows Vista 64 from large to small HDD
Posted on 2009-07-15
I recently ordered a new PC that had Vista Ultimate 64-bit pre-installed on it, with full supporting media. It has two hard drives, a primary Intel 80GB SSD and a secondary 300GB WD Raptor for my documents. I proceeded to populate the SSD it will all my programs (all document data is kept on a the secondary Raptor drive).
Unfortunately the SSD crashed terminally and had to be returned for a replacment. In the meantime, I reinstalled Vista on the 300GB Raptor and all is almost back to where I was before the SSD crashed.
However, I do notice a considerable difference in speed for the applications I am running and intend to once again use the replacement SSD as the primary Windows and Programs drive when it arrives.
My question is - having gone to all this trouble reinstalling all my programs etc - can I clone the Windows install onto the SSD from the Raptor, rather than go thru the whole lengthy process again.
I have Acronis TrueImage Home 2009 which will clone HDDs fine but only when they are the same size (or partition size). If I install a fresh copy of Vista on the replacement SSD, can I use Transfer Files and Settings to port over all the programs I have painstakingly installed etc?
In essence, how do I move the Windows install onto a new, smaller HDD?
Many thanks for any assistance!