I've got a bigger (WD 7500 BPKX Scorpio Black - 750GB) and faster (7200 rpm) HDD for my laptop which has 3200BEVT 320 GB (WD also) 5200 RPM HDD.

I tried to clone the old HDD with mini tool partition wizard but I got an "identical" HDD with 320GB instead of 750GB.

The partition program wouldn't let me use the rest 430 GB. I guess that the first sectors of the drive determine the usable space.

Is there any way to clone the old HDD but

  • (a) be able to use the whole 750GB of the new HDD and
  • (b) make all features of the old system usable (working recovery partition etc.)

This is what I get when I use disk management: enter image description here

Disk 0 is the old HDD (SATA, internal), disk 1 is a USB stick, disk 2 is a USB icybox with the new HDD inside.

edit: Searching for a solution I came across this thread in lenovo support forums which answers the onekey recovery problem. The system partition should not be resized according to them. You need to register if you want to access the thread for more details.

  • What OS are you running? – Alex McKenzie Jan 24 '14 at 21:15
  • windows 7 64-bit – pzogr Jan 24 '14 at 22:18
  • A screenshot of the disk manager showing the new disk would be required to help you. – Ramhound Jan 24 '14 at 23:07
  • @Ramhound I can't post images. Just tell me what info you'd like to see and I'll answer – pzogr Jan 24 '14 at 23:22
  • You can link to them through a comment – Ramhound Jan 24 '14 at 23:22

Western Digital provides something that might help (Acronis True Image for WD)

Depending on your configuration, you could need to download and install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver

  • I don't need to clone the drive because that's already done... The problem is that I loose a lot of hdd space because after cloning I'm not allowed to resize the partitions and use the unallocated space. – pzogr Jan 26 '14 at 23:29
  • This will be fixed by this tool! I've successfully cloned a 1TB hdd to a 2TB hdd. You'll be asked to choose between either a proportional cloning or a manual cloning of the existing partitions. – Pierre Jan 28 '14 at 21:50
  • I hope it will. I'll give it a try. – pzogr Jan 28 '14 at 22:17
  • I tried to use true image for wd live cd but after configuring everything I found out that it was just a demo!!! It wouldn't do the actual work. I hope the installed version does. I tried clonezilla instead and it did duplicate my system. Everything worked except the network troubleshooting which refused to work after several attempts. The lenovo recovery also did not work. And I couldn't use the extra 400GB of the new hdd because they were unallocated and unusable (I couldn't create new partitions - no free mbr slots). I'll try with true_image (the installed version) tonight. – pzogr Jan 29 '14 at 12:49
  • btw crystal mark results were better for the new hdd (although the chipset supports sata 2 only - sata 3 works as a sata 2) by 50% in every category. – pzogr Jan 29 '14 at 12:52

If I understand you correctly, you have managed to clone the disk but you want to resize the partitions to make full use of the extra space. For this, I would recommend downloading the Ubuntu Live DVD or GParted Live CD and using GParted (included on both versions) to resize the partitions as required.

It looks from your screenshot that you will probably want to move the D: partition to the end of the disk and then resize the C: partition.

You can find instructions for this here among many other places.

  • This seems to be the real issue here - you can't resize a drive you're booted into - You need to use an offline resizing tool to do this – Journeyman Geek Jan 27 '14 at 0:05
  • I tried GParted but it wouldn't create new partitions. I could only move the unallocated space next to the extended partition and only then it would create a new logical partition but it would tamper with the data stored in the moved partition. – pzogr Jan 29 '14 at 12:54
  • You need to move the logical partition to the end of the disk, then resize the extended partition to be only as large as the logical partition (leaving the free space next to the primary partition, but not in the extended partition), then expand the primary partition. Does this make sense? It's a bit of a pain and hard to explain, but this really should work. – zelanix Jan 29 '14 at 14:47

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