Restore image backup with Clonezilla
Clonezilla is an open source cloning and imaging software. However, if you have backed up a large drive and want to restore it to a smaller disk, you will Clonezilla destination disk is too small error. Many users want to migrate OS form hard drive to an SSD, which is generally smaller, via backup and restore method. Clonezilla backups the original size of file system. When Clonezilla tries to restore the original file system onto a smaller disk, it cannot write beyond the destination disk boundary. The clone function of Clonezilla uses the same way to clone data, so you may also receive this error message when you clone to a smaller hard drive. Is it possible to let Clonezilla restore a backup of large disk to smaller one?
Force Clonezilla to restore to a smaller disk
From the Clonezilla Official site, Clonezilla is not supposed to clone from a larger disk to a smaller one. However, many users have such needs to clone or restore larger disk to smaller one when they want to upgrade hard drive with an SSD. Luckily, there is a workaround that may help you get through with this. Clonezilla provides an advanced mode, where you can let Clonezilla ignore disk size while cloning or restoring. At the beginning of launching Clonezilla, choose Expert mode and then select the parameter “-icds”, and then Clonzilla will not check the destination disk size before creating partition table.
If it is still unable to force Clonezilla to smaller drive, you can shrink the source drive till it is equal or smaller to the destination disk. After that, you can image or clone the source drive again. To shrink a partition, you can use Windows built-in utility Disk Management that can be accessed by typing “diskmgmt.msc” in the Run box. If Disk Management shrink volume option grayed out, or cannot shrink to your desired spot, you can use other free partition manager software to do that.
Handle small destination disk more easily
If however Clonzilla says disk is too small still after trying all these steps or you just need to something simpler, AOMEI Backupper Standard comes into play, which is free hard drive cloning and imaging software that supports cloning or restoring from a large disk to a small one. You don’t have to do extra configurations or resize the partition beforehand, and it just works. Let’s see how AOMEI Backupper restore from a large disk to a smaller one:
2. Connect the destination hard drive to your computer. Within the AOMEI Backupper interface, click “Restore”.
3. At the Restore screen, select a backup to restore and click “Next”. If the backup you want to restore is not listed, click “Path” to locate the image backup.
4. Select a location to restore to. If the selected location is a partition, all the data on this partition will be deleted before writing data to it.
5. If the destination disk is an SSD, check the option “Align partition to optimize for SSD”and click “Start Restore” to let the restore start.
Besides restore from large hard drive small one, AOMEI Backupper can also handle restore or clone between MBR and GPTdisk. With AOMEI Backupper, that Clonezilla destination disk is too small will never bother you again.
If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network.