image a smaller drive with a wim from a larger drive

Posted on 2011-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am preparing a hardware independent image using sysprep and imagex.

I have created a .wim image and am able to copy to any hardware with the same size or larger drive, however, when I try to copy to a smaller drive, the copy fails with the message, not enough space.
Question by:jsparnova
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    by:Adam Leinss
    Is the destination drive formatted with NTFS?  If it's FAT-32, there's a 4GB per file limit.

    Author Comment

    The destination is also NTFS, The Source Drive is 320GB, however only 20GB was actually used for the OS, however I try to image onto an older laptop with an 80GB drive and I get the error
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    That's odd.  A WIM file is just a ZIP like file: I'm pretty sure it is agnostic to the underlying disk structure, except it should be NTFS formatted which you say it is.  Is it possible that the drive is bad?  Can you try another 80GB hard drive?

    Author Comment

    I'll give it a shot.


    Author Closing Comment

    It turned out to be a bar drive. Thanks

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