SSR "resize restored drive" left an unallocated partition at front of drive and put my data at the end?
I just completed a bare metal/boot environment restore using SSR2013. It was a 700GB image of a 750GB drive being restored to a 2TB drive.
First, I used the boot disc as based on drive letter arrangement and windows using that drive for default locations for various folders, I did not want to boot windows without that drive in there.
I made an independent full drive image and restored via the boot disc. As it was a data drive, I selected "Restore Disk Signature" and "Resize restored drive". FWIW I found tech bulletin 53848 helpful with the options even though this really was for a RAO restore.
I expected to get 700GB of data on a single partition on my new drive with around 1.2TB or so free space. (I fully understand there are minor differences here in 2TB vs. useful space, not the issue here.)
Anyway, my first restore created a blank unallocated partition at the FRONT of the drive totalling around the size of the original image, then at the end of the drive, it put a 1.2TB partition with the data in it! As you may know windows disk management cannot expand partitions to the LEFT only the right.So rather than messing around with a partition manager, I had another blank drive and just did another restore without checking ""Resize restored drive" and it put the 700GB at the front of the drive and windows expanded it easily.
Two questions. Why did it do this??? Even the oldest versions of Ghost could easily restore an image and expand the drive in one operation consistently.
Second. I need to use that first disk I restore to when I restore another drive shortly. If I just delete that second partition SSR created, when I use it for another restore, will SSR see it as a 2TB drive with 2TB (or so) of unallocated space and will a restore wipe out any vestiges of the errant restore of the other drive? Or do I need to write zeroes or something or wipe the first track? I really, really, don't lilke using those tools or a DOS prompt to delete stuff when I have other hard drives plugged into a computer.....if I can just plug that drive into a docking station and use windows management to delete the partitions, that would be okay.
This restore will also be a data disk so I will use similar settings as the above.
Thanks for the help.