I have a slight problem. The hard drive that I have Windows installed on is a bit too noisy for me (has this very annoying hum vibration) and I would like to replace it with a different drive. Unfortunately they seem to have discontinued the drive I currently have (a 320gb) and now there's only a 500gb. I only want Windows on this drive, no data. So I had the idea of partitioning the drive to have the Windows partition and use the other for data storage. My problem is this...is there a way to restore a system image to the new system partition on the new drive and still leave it partitioned?
I did some googling and apparently there are no answers on how to do this using the Windows 7 system image feature. It would wipe the whole (new) drive and make an exact copy of how the old one is (no partitions). I'd rather not waste all that 500gb which is why I want to partition the drive. I'm looking at Acronis and trying to read through the user guide, but it's going a bit over my head.
Has anyone done this before, and can Acronis (or something else) do what I want to do?