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  • I know WHS 2011 is great for replacing hard drives.  I know that this can only be done if the new hard drive is the same size or bigger than the one being replaced.  My question is this.  If I were to shrink a volume, say from 500 gb to 250 gb, would I then be able to restore the disk to a smaller hard drive?  Has anyone done this?

     

    I want to replace the 500gb storage drive in my system with a 300gb velociraptor, and i'm looking for ways to do this with the WHS 2011 restore function.  The 100 mb system partition is on the disk, which is why I can't just copy everything over.  Any help would be appreciated. 

    Thanks


    D.W.
    Saturday, February 12, 2011 3:42 PM

Answers

  • Yes this is possible. After your shrinking you have to make - of course - a backup again. If the shrinking size is to less, shrink, backup and make a cold restart and do it over again.
    I did this with v2 several times, from 1,5TB, 1TB, 640GB to actually restore to a 690GB partition.

    I did not use the Restore-CD, but the tool from WHS2011 to manage the restore via USB Stick - including all the needed drivers because I switched to RAID5 at the clients side


    Regards Tom
    • Proposed as answer by Tom8445 Saturday, February 12, 2011 4:49 PM
    • Marked as answer by dlwilliams12 Saturday, February 12, 2011 4:56 PM
    Saturday, February 12, 2011 4:49 PM

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  • Yes this is possible. After your shrinking you have to make - of course - a backup again. If the shrinking size is to less, shrink, backup and make a cold restart and do it over again.
    I did this with v2 several times, from 1,5TB, 1TB, 640GB to actually restore to a 690GB partition.

    I did not use the Restore-CD, but the tool from WHS2011 to manage the restore via USB Stick - including all the needed drivers because I switched to RAID5 at the clients side


    Regards Tom
    • Proposed as answer by Tom8445 Saturday, February 12, 2011 4:49 PM
    • Marked as answer by dlwilliams12 Saturday, February 12, 2011 4:56 PM
    Saturday, February 12, 2011 4:49 PM
  • Alright, thats all I needed to know.  Thanks
    D.W.
    Saturday, February 12, 2011 4:56 PM