Recovering a partition with a backup that is larger than the partition size
I have two PCs. They are the same model (NISE 3500) and I have taken a backup of one using Acronis True Image 2014. The backup contains the following partitions:
Drive C: - NTFS, 59.43GB
Drive E: - NTFS (System), 200MB
I am now trying to use Acronis True Image 2014 to restore this backup on the other PC. However, the second PC has a primary partition that is only 57.66GB and a system partition that is only 100MB.
The partitions in the backup are larger than the partition sizes on the second PC. Can I still restore the backup on the second PC? I tried using the command line to increase the sizes of both partitions, but there was not enough space available for me to do so, so I seem to be stuck with these sizes.
I have tried the restore process once, but when I did so, I got an error that Windows failed to start properly and was given a choice of starting normally (which doesn't do anything and just restarts the PC) or launching startup repair (which was unable to resolve the problem).
Is the problem because of the size of the backup, or is there another issue that's causing Windows to fail? If it's the backup size that causes this, what's the solution?