Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I used Windows Server Backup to backup my 640GB boot drive. Only about 30GB is used, and the backup was very fast.

Now I am trying to restore the image to a 500GB hard drive but it is saying that the drive is too small... even though I only had 30GB on the original backup.

How do I overide this and have the restore ignore that I only have a 500GB drive? If I can't, then I can't restore the hard drive with anything except one that is equal to or bigger than the original hard drive - which would be a real bummer.

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

Since Server 2008 backup is doing an image based backup it requires you to restore to a disk of equal or greater size. If you need to move to a smaller drive the approach to take is to defrag, shrink the partition, and then restore. If this is a DR situation, get a bigger drive.

share|improve this answer
Even choosing partition backup/restore, it is requiring a bigger host drive. Any idea why? –  Jason Nov 9 '09 at 20:37

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.