Solved Can you use Macrium Reflect 8 (free) to install a Windows 11 backup image to a new SSD?


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Hi folks.

As you can tell from my system specs, I have two disc drives. A 128GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. I am wanting to replace the 128GB SSD with a 500GB SSD I have ordered from Western Digital. Instead of cloning, I was wondering if it is possible to use a rescue disk made with Macrium Reflect Free version (Version 8) to install a backup image of my 128GB SDD drive (stored on the HDD) to the new SDD.
Steps:
1)Remove old SSD and install new SSD)
2)Boot Macrium Rescue DVD
3)Install Windows 11 from Macrium backup image of old 128GB SSD to new 500GB SSD

Questions:
1) Would this work?
2)If it does work, would I be able to resize the partitions if need be?

Thank you.
 

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    Intel® Core™ i3-10100 (3.6 GHz base frequency 4 cores)
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    HP 8768 (BakerMS)
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    8GB
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    Intel(R) UDH Graphics 630
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    128 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
    1 TB 7200 rpm SATA HDD
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    Microsoft Edge
Yes and Yes.
 

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    Intel Core i5-8279u
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    AZW SEI
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    32GB DDR4 2666Mhz
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    Asus ProArt PA278QV
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    Edge
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    Defender
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    Mini PC used for testing Windows 11.
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    Ryzen 9 5900x
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Hi,
Yep done it many times and yes I like using system images to seeing I already store recent images as backup.
 

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    Win-7-10-11Pro's
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    Acer 17" Nitro 7840sn/ 2x16gb 5600c40/ 4060/ stock 1tb-os/ 4tb sn850x
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth
    Memory
    Trident-Z Royal 4000c16 2x16gb & Trident-Z 3600c16 4x8gb & 3200c14 4x8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti gaming
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    Onboard Realtek x3
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    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    2-WD-sn850x 4tb/ 970evo+500gb/ 980 pro 2tb.
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & 1 Test bench in cherry Entertainment center
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    Custom water loops x3 with 2x mora 360mm rads only 980ti gaming air cooled
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    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home Version 22H2 ( OS Build 22621.963)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Slim Desktop S01-pF1025se
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i3-10100 (3.6 GHz base frequency 4 cores)
    Motherboard
    HP 8768 (BakerMS)
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UDH Graphics 630
    Hard Drives
    128 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
    1 TB 7200 rpm SATA HDD
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge

Anyone reading this thread should check out the above link. Someone else was asking a similar question. Look at the advice this poster received. See especially post #4 about resizing the drive during the restoration process.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home Version 22H2 ( OS Build 22621.963)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Slim Desktop S01-pF1025se
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i3-10100 (3.6 GHz base frequency 4 cores)
    Motherboard
    HP 8768 (BakerMS)
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UDH Graphics 630
    Hard Drives
    128 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
    1 TB 7200 rpm SATA HDD
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
That's an easy way to upgrade OS hard drive.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
    Motherboard
    MSI MPG Gaming Edge Wifi (X570)
    Memory
    32GB Adata XPG DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX 1070 8GB ROG
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Ultrawide 34"
    Screen Resolution
    3440x1440
    Hard Drives
    Main Boot Drive : 512GB Adata XPG RGB Gen3x4 NVMe M.2 SSD
    PSU
    EVGA 600 Watts Gold
    Case
    Deepcool Genome II
    Cooling
    Deepcool Fryzen
    Internet Speed
    1Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    "Moderna"
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-4790K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Xtreme6 Z97
    Memory
    16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro
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    MSI R9 290
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    LG Ultrawide 34"
    Screen Resolution
    3440x1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung M.2
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    Thermaltake 475 Watts 80 Bronze
    Case
    Thermaltake Commander I Snow Edition
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    Deep Cool Archer Air Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
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    Armageddon MKA-5R RGB-Hornet
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    1Gbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
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