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Error "The disk that is set as active in BIOS is too small to recover the original system disk." RRS feed

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    We were tweeted the following:

    Want to upgrade to an SSD on a ThinkPad X120E. Step 1: shrink C: drive to fit SSD. 2: Create system image. Step 3: copy image to external HDD. 4: create Win 8 recovery volume on flash drive. 5: Connect SSD, recovery, backup drives. 6: Recovery tools report that "The disk that is set as active in BIOS is too small to recover the original system disk."

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to why this error message is received?

    Thanks

    Social Media - Dwayne W

    Friday, November 30, 2012 7:36 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Apparently the disk to receive the image must be equal to or larger than the original drive. Just as a thought, do you just shrink the drive to the theoretical size of the SSD?  Generally,  the theoretical size should be smaller than the virtual size.


    Alex Zhao
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Thursday, December 6, 2012 2:26 AM
    Monday, December 3, 2012 7:48 AM