I am truly sorry for the inconvenience and frustration.
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Both Acronis and EaseUS failed. They simply would not go to a smaller drive.
Granted I did not try a back-up and restore evolution for either.
Clonezilla is just beyond my knowledge and especially my patience level.
Haven't tried partitionwizard...
Right now it looks like I am going to buy Paragon's Migrate OS to SSD (tonight to save 4G) as it is the only tool I've found that indicates that it will migrate to a smaller drive.
I will let the forum know what I find out.
NOTE: A lot of my initial problems were because it didn't occur to me to update the BIOS. I had numerous failed attempts due to read errors until I did that.