Question Cloned HDD is same size as Primary

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I cloned my SSD primary, 232mb drive to a 1tb mechanical drive. Once the cloning succeeded, the large drive became 232mb. This was okay but now that i've crashed another large hard drive, i'm needing the space.
Instead of cloning again, i thought i'd make an image this time. My question is, if i reformat that 1tb destination drive, will My Computer (windows 7) show its 1tb size again?

Thanks a lot
 

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You don't strictly clone the "drive", you clone the "partitions". The 1TB drive is still a 1TB drive.
So, if the SSD was ~250GB and fully partitioned, that's all you clone over - and the HDD will act as the SSD did initially (in this case ~250GB). You can then expand the C partition in Disk Management to regain the balance of the 'lost' space.
 

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Okay then i need to figure out how to 'expand the C partition in Disk Management'; seems like the right course of action. let me take a look. thanks
 

Does it work

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Windows+x>>disk management (or shortcut k), click on the drive, go to the blue section and rightclick>>extend volume go through the wizard and its done

The unused space is represented by the black sections
 

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Okay, i'm in windows 7 computer mang and i found the destination drive. when i right click on it, i see and option "extend volume". do i hit that or what? thanks
 

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Now i got it; i have the space back on "C:drive". now i need to go and change those drive letters plus be sure i actually am booting from the SSD.
 

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no i'm still booting from the c: ssd.




Well Hell, you're right; the 2 drive letters are ass backwards
No, it is not.
Extend C: (not G: ).
Thanks for pointing that out. i suppose i changed the boot order to test the clone and never changed it back...no wonder i have felt sluggish :/ So now i'm booting to the ssd again. I'd like the ssd primary drive to be named C: but i keep getting a 'incorrect parameter' error. i can live with it. At least now i'm booting to the ssd and y'all did help me get my space back on that hhd. so thank you thank you thank you!
 

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I cloned my SSD primary, 232mb drive to a 1tb mechanical drive. Once the cloning succeeded, the large drive became 232mb. This was okay but now that i've crashed another large hard drive, i'm needing the space.
Instead of cloning again, i thought i'd make an image this time. My question is, if i reformat that 1tb destination drive, will My Computer (windows 7) show its 1tb size again?

Thanks a lot
You can go into disk management and dynamically extend the partition to use the full terabyte. I've done it before. You'll need to delete the unused partition (if it was partitioned) and re-add it as a as part of extended partition.

EDIT: Oops. Never mind. I see others have you covered with this information.
 
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