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Migrate Easy does not resize partitions on destination drive correctly

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I have installed migrate easy 7 to clone a 40GB HDD to a 500HDD that is installed into a dell client running XP sp3.
The resulting new destination drive has the same NTFS size and wastes 430GB to unallocated.
I purchased this to migrate the old drive to higher capacity and easy migrate fails to do it. details follow
The documentation says the auto selection will resize old HDD partitions proportionaltely to new HDD increasing their size.
The old drive partition is FAT16 39MB, NTFS 37.2GB, unallocated 15.7MB
The destination drive has NTFS 466GB
When asked to del existing destination drive partitions I accept
I selected propotional as data moving method
The resulting when the dest. drive partition is:
FAT16 1.99GB, NTSF 37.2GB, unallocated 427GB.
tried the operation as auto and manual with same partition results
Help i need to get this app to clone and expand the partition size to new drive to install accounting software mission critical by monday AM
Suggestions? Fixes?

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I'm not sure why ME7 isn't adjusting partitions as it should, perhaps the FAT16 partition is confusing it, though I don't know why it should. Try a reverse clone, put the new drive in the PC and the old drive in the external caddy and clone from external to internal.

Some Dell machines are difficult to clone as they have a non standard disk layout and non standard MBR to take account of their utilities, othe rDell machines have no problem.

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Thanks for the thoughts Colin
That some dell machines are hard to clone because of their layout and MBR is troubling since dell has a large share of clients installed. And the product info states it clones FAT16 partitions.
Acronis should have anticipated this or warned off Dell users as a disclaimer.
I cannot reverse clone to a caddy since both drives are internal.
Also the FAT16 increases in size from 39MB to 2GB only the NTFS remains un changed at 37.2GB.
Should I clone and use other software multitool to expand the NTFS after cloning to achieve larger partition?

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The FAT 16 partition can not be any greater than 2GB due to the maximum addressing capabilities of FAT 16 itself. When you tried to adjust partition sizes manually what type of split size did you go for?

Are you starting the cloning from within Windows or from the recovery CD? Starting fom a recovery CD is better as that way Windows has no way of locking or interfering with files.

Certainly using a disk editing tool will solve your problem after he clone. Note though if you are thinking of using cronis Disk Director the trial version will only work on partitions of 100MB maximum, th efull version of course doesn't have this restriction.

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Thanks for the help. I cloned the new HDD with the small 37GB partition with ME7. then used minitool partition wizard to adjust the partition from 37 to 450GB and all is well and running. only mistake i made was using windows to defrag the drive which hung and blue screen of death appeared. i just repeated the clone and partition move and all is well today. thanks again