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  • My laptop had a 300gb hard drive but I was using less then 50gb..  I recently purchased a 60gb ssd drive for the speed and battery savings.  Well I can't get it to restore, it shows an X next to it on the restore cd screen where you choose to restore what..  So I need a same size drive or larger to restore?  Even if I wasn't using the space?>
    athlon 3400, 2gb ram, 7 drives totaling about 6.5 tbs.
    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 7:09 PM

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  • I have had the same experiences. Trying to restore to a drive that is smaller than the original appears a none starter. I got around the problem by using Gparted to reduce the size of the system partition below the size of the disk I was going to use as a replacement. Once reduced did another backup and then proceeded to restore to the smaller drive using the latest backup.

    I wanted to replace a 500GB drive with a 250 GB unit. The built in partition software, in disk manager, would not let me reduce the partition to less than the required 250GB. Presumably, at the mid point of the disk there were unmovable files related to the partition information. Gparted did not have a problem with this.

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 8:47 PM

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  • Is the ssd even found/detected? I can imagine it isn't. There should be a driver installation option during this process.
    My laptop had a 300gb hard drive but I was using less then 50gb..  I recently purchased a 60gb ssd drive for the speed and battery savings.  Well I can't get it to restore, it shows an X next to it on the restore cd screen where you choose to restore what..  So I need a same size drive or larger to restore?  Even if I wasn't using the space?>
    athlon 3400, 2gb ram, 7 drives totaling about 6.5 tbs.

    Have a nice day!
    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 7:15 PM
  • I have had the same experiences. Trying to restore to a drive that is smaller than the original appears a none starter. I got around the problem by using Gparted to reduce the size of the system partition below the size of the disk I was going to use as a replacement. Once reduced did another backup and then proceeded to restore to the smaller drive using the latest backup.

    I wanted to replace a 500GB drive with a 250 GB unit. The built in partition software, in disk manager, would not let me reduce the partition to less than the required 250GB. Presumably, at the mid point of the disk there were unmovable files related to the partition information. Gparted did not have a problem with this.

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 8:47 PM
  • finds it without a problem.  shows it as a 60gb drive and everything..  just won't let me choose it because it's smaller I assume.
    athlon 3400, 2gb ram, 7 drives totaling about 6.5 tbs.
    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:47 PM
  • My laptop had a 300gb hard drive but I was using less then 50gb..  I recently purchased a 60gb ssd drive for the speed and battery savings.  Well I can't get it to restore, it shows an X next to it on the restore cd screen where you choose to restore what..  So I need a same size drive or larger to restore?  Even if I wasn't using the space?>
    athlon 3400, 2gb ram, 7 drives totaling about 6.5 tbs.

    WHS v1 requires a drive of at least equal size.  I believe Vail has the same requirements.

    Thursday, June 10, 2010 4:48 AM
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  • Can't you shrink the original volume so it is smaller than the SSD, backup and then restore that to the SSD?
    Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:25 PM
  • I already just started over.  At least I can grab individual files from the backup so no big deal..  Just takes a lot more time and effort on my part.  I think I might ask for this feature to be added or "fixed" in my opinion.  
    athlon 3400, 2gb ram, 7 drives totaling about 6.5 tbs.
    Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:41 PM
  • The FAQ How to archive a Client PC Backup from Windows Home Server Backup describes a not so easy, but working method to restore a WHS backup to a smaller disk by creating a Windows image file (WIM) first and then applying the wim file to the new volume. This should work also with VAIL, since mounting a client backup still brings up a drive like Z: in Windows Explorer).

    Besides resizing the volume before backing up down to the necessary smaller size it seems to be the only working way.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf

    Friday, June 11, 2010 9:30 PM
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