I've got two situations where being able to easily copy only the boot partition and it's hidden partition would be very useful.
First, I've got a Netbook I want to speed up a bit. My son gave me a 60Gb Intel 330 SSD Which is more than big enough for everything but the D: Partition. The tool provided will *NOT* allow me to ignore the D: partition. I can't hide it disable it or otherwise use the 60 GB SSD without copying the data off the partition and deleting it. And, I am *NOT* sure that will work, either. My plan was to use the originl drive as an external data drive.
Second, I've got a desktop system that has a second drive slot and would like top move the 40GB boot partition to an SSD, expand the partition and use all of the 750Gb drive as a Data Drive. SAME Problem!
At 62 with medical I can't afford a large SSD much less two! so why dissuade someone from buying *ANY* SSD drives at all???
Just venting. Sure, I can buy the full blown commercial product... (Or, maybe a competitors?) For an extra, why? $100??? And, the literature still isn;t clear I can do what I am trying to do.
Very frustrated oldster!
I am truly sorry for the inconvenience and frustration.
Even though this is a great suggestion for the future the https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=19324 Intel® Data Migration software is provided as free basic cloning tool and for now you may want to try other software tools that may help you with this process.
NOTE: These links are being offered for your convenience and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Intel of the content, products, or services offered there.
Both Acronis and EaseUS failed. They simply would not go to a smaller drive.
Granted I did not try a back-up and restore evolution for either.
Clonezilla is just beyond my knowledge and especially my patience level.
Haven't tried partitionwizard...
Right now it looks like I am going to buy Paragon's Migrate OS to SSD (tonight to save 4G) as it is the only tool I've found that indicates that it will migrate to a smaller drive.
I will let the forum know what I find out.
NOTE: A lot of my initial problems were because it didn't occur to me to update the BIOS. I had numerous failed attempts due to read errors until I did that.