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    Question Moving dual boot installation to a SSD?

    Hi all,

    I think my hard disk is going to die sooner or later
    (it makes some clicking sounds every now and then
    since several months ago).

    On another note, I need to format. All this suggest
    that it is a good time to purchase a new hard drive
    and do the format once and for good on the new hard
    drive, however I'm on a budget and would really like
    to buy the hard drive a bit later.

    I thought of the following scenario: Do the format
    now on the current hard disk and once I purchase a
    new hard drive, move the whole installation there
    (using a tool like clonezilla, I guess).

    Do you think this scenario is possible with clonezilla
    or some other tool, given that:
    .I'm using a regular disk and I'll buy a SSD.
    .I dual boot with WinXP
    .The sizes of those disks are going to be different.

    Any advice on that would be really appreciated.

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    Re: Moving dual boot installation to a SSD?

    I've used Gparted copy & paste feature to copy entire partitions (both ext4 & NTFS).

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    Re: Moving dual boot installation to a SSD?

    XP and SSDs do not work well together. You need AHCI in BIOS to use trim on SSD and XP does not directly support AHCI. If you reinstall XP, supposedly you can install AHCI drivers, but I just shut down my XP so I could correctly use my SSD. The procedure to install AHCI drivers after the fact in XP is pretty complicated.

    Probably better to leave XP on rotating disk. But you still cannot set AHCI except for the entire system.
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    Re: Moving dual boot installation to a SSD?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rebelli0us View Post
    I've used Gparted copy & paste feature to copy entire partitions (both ext4 & NTFS).
    Thanks! I'll look that up..

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    XP and SSDs do not work well together. You need AHCI in BIOS to use trim on SSD and XP does not directly support AHCI. If you reinstall XP, supposedly you can install AHCI drivers, but I just shut down my XP so I could correctly use my SSD. The procedure to install AHCI drivers after the fact in XP is pretty complicated.

    Probably better to leave XP on rotating disk. But you still cannot set AHCI except for the entire system.
    Thanks.. Hmm, I think that means that i'll have to do some reading cause I don't understand many things here.

    To make it short, does that mean that it will be complicated to dual book linux+xp on an SSD or that it is going to be complicated to actually *move* linux+xp from my existing installation to a SSD?

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    Re: Moving dual boot installation to a SSD?

    moving XP will require running fixboot from a windows install cd
    moving linux is easy (imo)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...65&postcount=3
    then boot the live cd and install grub (or just the MBR i don't think that is a option in grub2)
    you could run xp in virtualbox
    don't forget to put your discard and noatime option in fstab for ext4 partitions
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    Re: Moving dual boot installation to a SSD?

    Even though you can, I wouldn't. Better off doing fresh installs and maybe time to move up to Windows 7 (or run XP in a virtual machine - things will be quicker on an SSD)
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    Re: Moving dual boot installation to a SSD?

    I left my XP install on my old 160GB rotating drive. Since it does not boot with AHCI turned on in BIOS, I do not boot it now. But I was able to go into BIOS, change setting back from AHCI and boot XP. Of course I had not booted for a while and had to run many updates and several reboots. I was then able to go into BIOS turn AHCI back on and use my SSD to boot Ubuntu. But not the easiest way to dual boot.
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    Re: Moving dual boot installation to a SSD?

    Ok, so after reading your replies and looking around a little
    bit, I start re-thinking about moving the dual-boot to an
    SSD and in fact trying to have a native installation of XP on
    the SSD.

    I think I will do a format on my current disk and put just
    linux and try to use XP from my virtual box, see how that goes
    (will I have usb support for my peripherals?!).

    Then, once I get a SSD I'll try to move the installation and
    hopefully that won't be a problem.

    Windows 7 is not an option for me for reasons including that
    I'll have to pay or mess up with warez sites etc and the stuff
    that I have to do outside linux, I can do it great with XP.

    I will have a rotating HD as well for my data, so if the virtual
    box option does not work, I will make a partition for XP and go
    with oldFred's option.

    Oldfred: Was it easy to do this kind of setup?

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    Re: Moving dual boot installation to a SSD?

    Quote Originally Posted by geo909 View Post
    I think I will do a format on my current disk and put just
    linux and try to use XP from my virtual box, see how that goes
    (will I have usb support for my peripherals?!).
    there is a oracle plugin for that

    i just use a shared folder for flash drives and a shared printer over the local net
    share /media

    doing what oldfred did is not hard once you figure out where your IDE/RAID/AHCI options (my board only supports raid on ports 1 to 4)
    if your motherboard has 2 controllers you could have one use AHCI and the other use IDE, i could do this on my desktop if i had to
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    Re: Moving dual boot installation to a SSD?

    I do installs all the time. Every 6 month version at least 2 times, so I scripted most of my customization and I now install from the rotating hard drive to the SSD using grub2's loopmount. That makes for a really quick install.

    The Arch site recommends gpt partitioning for SSDs. Gpt partitioning is required for drives over 2GB but Windows XP will not even see NTFS on a gpt partitioned drive. So I used gpt for my SSD and just created partitions & installed. I already configure all my installs of Ubuntu to use the same data partitions and my script auto edits fstab and adds apps and some settings that I want.
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