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Replace XPS HDD with SSD and retain recovery option

I would like to replace the existing HDD with an SSD but if possible retain the Dell integrated Factory Image Restore function (F8). There is no information on the old disk that I need to retain. The original disk is fully functional.

Will the DVD Recovery Media do this or would I then lose the disk based recovery and diagnostics functions? I am trying to avoid installing 3rd party disk imaging software.

Because the new SSD is smaller than the standard HDD would the Windows Imaging system have a problem?

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10 Diamond

There is no point to transferring the restore partition - you can't use it on a drive smaller than the original - the replacement has to be as large or larger.

2 Bronze

The old Sysprep utility had the same problem but there was a way to edit the parameter file with a hex editor to reset the required disk drive capacity to a smaller value, I presume this is not possible with WIm files?

10 Diamond

It may be possible - but be sure you have a Windows DVD, since any alteration to the disc structure will render the F8 menu unusable.

3 Zinc

any alteration to the disc structure will render the F8 menu unusable, how so ??

10 Diamond

If you alter the boot record by adding or changing a partition, the F8 boot option for recovery will be gone.

3 Zinc

I went to disk management did a shrink volume on the c: volume and make a d: volume and the F8 still works.

So maybe not all changes will have the same effect, you think ??

10 Diamond

Except that if you now try to do a restore, it will fail because of the size reduction.

3 Zinc

Question?  If I make a new recovery flash drive after reduction with Dell Datasafe local 2.0 and then restore it,

Will it work?

10 Diamond

It should -- but to be sure you should probably try restoring it after making it.  Better yet, Acronis True Image is inexpensive and will surely work for keeping backups.

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