Post by Murmansk
I am wanting to replace the hard disc in a desktop machine with a solid
state drive in order to make the machine run a bit faster.
I have done this a couple of times before without any problem but this
time I am having a few issues and I wondered if anyone might be able to
shed some light on it for me
The SSD is 240 megabytes and the hard disc is roughly 1 terabyte. I am
using Macrium Reflect free software to do the cloning. I have used this
before but the results it is giving me when I analyse what is on the
disc are slightly confusing and I have created a screenshot and attached
I am unsure as to whether the operating system is on the 800gb partition
of the hard drive or whether it is on one of the smaller partitions
which are shown on the screen shot. My first attempt at doing the
cloning was unsuccessful because the software reported that there was
not enough space on my SSD to receive what was going to go onto it and
this was because I was including the 800 gigabyte partition in the
process because I assumed windows to be on there. I had reduced the size
of the data on there to a size which should have fitted on the SSD but I
think the cloning software wants to copy the whole of the partition even
though most of it is empty and therefore that explains why I'm getting
the error message.
The hard disc is in a Dell machine which was on Windows 8 and has
recently been updated to Windows 10, it also probably includes a
recovery partition which is making it slightly more difficult to work
out what is going on.
The bottom line is please could someone take a look at the screen shot
and tell me where they think Windows 10 is living on the hard disk.
The screenshot quite clearly indicates that the OS is on the 857GB 5th
primary partition identified as OS(C). You'll have to shrink this
partition by at least 631GiB to fit all 7 primary partitions onto a
240GiB SSD (or even more if the SSD is actually only 240GB - check its
reported size in MR Free).
You can either shrink the partition (drive C) first, using whatever
partition management software you have to hand that can handle GPT disks,
or else on-the-fly during the cloning process if MR Free supports this
Although win10 may offer a partition resizing option in its disk
management control panel, it may be rather limited in its ability to
shrink a disk volume. A proper 3rd party partition management tool may be
the only way to do the job if MR Free doesn't include this facility.
I'm rather out of touch with what's on offer these days by way of GPT
aware partition management software. The last time I needed to use such
tools, it was with standard MBR disks using Paragon Hard Disk Manager 9.5
Special Edition that was one of the freebies on a PC Pro magazine cover
CD some years ago now.
I imagine you'd prefer to find a free 'solution' to resizing GPT
partitions rather than splash the cash. Unfortunately I can't offer any
recommendations on free resizing tools since I don't know myself what can
be trusted to do a proper job without resorting to running partition
editing tools from a command line, so I'll be interested in any
recommendations you may get.
Alternatively, if you're considering buying a partition editor capable
of resizing that partition, you may as well consider upgrading your MR
Free to the full product - it may be a cheaper option (just a guess - you
might qualify for a discount, being a MR Free user).
HTH & GL!
Johnny B Good