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ntfs pre-shrink backup

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:04 pm
by Mrnatural
I looked but didn't find everything I needed in the old posts.

My project is to shrink an under-utilized windoze (vista) partition so I can install something more interesting on the rest of the disk. I'll probably boot from a live CD and make my changes to the inactive system. For a little extra protection I would like to keep a backup of the old system and be assured I would still be able to boot the original partition.

AFAIK the general run of "cloners" and "imagers" won't restore into a space smaller than the original, which led me to FSArchiver. I understand the latter doesn't deal in the basic infrastructure of partition tables and boot records, but in my case I think I can be fairly confident that the partition shrinking will leave those aspects undamaged. I'm thinking I could just (if even that much was necessary) restore the file-system back into basically the "original" partition.

Is this the right approach for my situation, or am I missing something? Is there a way to manually back up the other essentials for even greater security?

Thanks in advance for any good advice.