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Can any Acronis Guru's help me? Changing OS drive for a bigger drive - is it possible?

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Hi 

I'm using Acronis Home 2014.

I have an installation of Windows 7 I'm very with on a 128GB Samsung SSD.

The problem is I've run out of space on it and I want to change to a 500GB Samsung SSD.

Is there a way to install new 500GB drive in my PC and then transfer the old 128GB drive image onto it leaving me with 372GB of free OS drive space to continue installing programs.

Or is this impossible and I'll end up with a partitioned drive 128GB OS and 372GB as a new logical drive on the same drive - ie a C and D drive all on the same 500GB SSD.

 

 

If any expert(s) can step in and explain if it's possible and if so how to actually do it I would be beyond grateful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It is relatively straight-forward to migrate your Windows 7 OS from your 128GB drive to a larger 500GB drive by using a full disk backup of the smaller drive and then recovering this to your larger drive after removing the old drive and replacing it with the new one, then booting your computer using the Acronis Rescue Media to do the recovery.

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Steve Smith wrote:

It is relatively straight-forward to migrate your Windows 7 OS from your 128GB drive to a larger 500GB drive by using a full disk backup of the smaller drive and then recovering this to your larger drive after removing the old drive and replacing it with the new one, then booting your computer using the Acronis Rescue Media to do the recovery.

Thank you Steve,

I already have a back up of the 128GB disk and I know how to use the Rescue Media - I've done that before - so that's a good start.

Are you saying that after I've recovered the 128GB image to the new 500GB SSD Acronis will automatically realise it's a bigger disk and I'll end up with a 500GB OS drive with the old imagine file on it and 372GB of free OS space?

Is their any special settings I need to check in Acronis Rescue Media to make this happen?

Thanks

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thehightenor wrote:
Are you saying that after I've recovered the 128GB image to the new 500GB SSD Acronis will automatically realise it's a bigger disk and I'll end up with a 500GB OS drive with the old imagine file on it and 372GB of free OS space?

Is their any special settings I need to check in Acronis Rescue Media to make this happen?

The image should be resized automatically on restore but if not, then it is very easy to resize afterwards by downloading a copy of the free MiniTool Partition Wizard software and using this.
Note: the main reason for the resize not happening seems to be when a Windows Recovery partition sits after the main OS C: partition, so just need to move that recovery partition to the end of the new drive (to the right) then expand the C: partition into the unallocated space.

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Hi Steve,

Great, perfect got it and understood.

Thank you for taking the time to help - it's very much appreciated.