WHS restore to a different size HD... RRS feed

  • Question

  • I "had" a 1.5T Seagate HD in my MCE system that as we all know is disaster waiting to happen. :)

    So after 3 our of 4 of them had to be RMAed in the last month I desided to get a WD 1T HD.
    As I've read some existing QA's I know that you cannot restore from WHS to a smaller size HD even if you never used but 10% of original space.

    So my Q. is, does anyone know of any solution to bypass that?
    Is MS even considering fixing this on should I just file this under their another "innovation"?

    I kind of got lucky that I actually used a Acronis to move from 160GB HD to 1.5T and kept an image of the original drive. So now I can restore the image to new HD and then just readjust partitions to my liking.
    (What is the purpose of WHS if I had to use another software to save my butt and not the 1st time either.)

    In order for me to rely on WHS should I just make the 1st partition like 40GB and have only MCE on it and then all the recodrings (that wont be backed up) go to a 2nd partition?

    Any ideas?


    Wednesday, March 25, 2009 5:39 PM


  • In practice there's no way to restore a large backup to a smaller disk. This is a consequence of the way that Windows Home Server stores a "virtual" disk image for every backup.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Wednesday, March 25, 2009 7:04 PM