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    Installed OS on separate SSD

    So I've got a laptop that came with Windows 8 installed on a small separate SSD and everything else went to a larger HDD. When I replaced Windows with Ubuntu I chose to install the OS on the small SSD and thought no more of it before I started installing all my programs etc.

    I now have serious space issues as everything automatically got stored on this very small SSD instead of the large HDD that I intended to use for everything but the system files. Is there an easy way for me to move everything except the essential system files to the large drive safely? And how do I change it so that this large drive is the default location for all files?

    PS: I see that the HDD drive has remained untouched since the change to Ubuntu, everything on that drive is exactly as it were. As far as I know there is nothing on it that I need anymore since all the Ubuntu stuff has been stored on the small drive.

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    Re: Installed OS on separate SSD

    Question is
    Are you using a separate /home? It's not the default in Ubuntu. But you really should have done that.
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    Re: Installed OS on separate SSD

    i'm afraid my home folder is on the small drive, unfortunately. how can i move my home folder to the larger drive safely? i assume simply dragging and dropping won't do?

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    Re: Installed OS on separate SSD

    Back up the contents of your files in ubuntu - and then do a clean install is what I would do. Only the OS has to be on the SSD. The OS being / or root - Be sure to use the same username with the new /home to avoid any ownership issues
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    Re: Installed OS on separate SSD

    There is a way to move /home to the hdd but it's your choice whether backing up the data and doing a clean install is easier, or trying to move the partition.

    If doing the clean install don't forget you need to use the Something Else option and set the partition on the hdd to be used as ext4 with mount point /home.

    If you want to try and move, so that you don't have to configure your system again (if you have already done system configuration and program installations), post the output of these commands and we can give you further instructions:
    Code:
    df -h
    sudo parted -l
    sudo blkid
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    Re: Installed OS on separate SSD

    Good advice from Darko & carl.

    Are you sure Windows was on SSD and not just a cache to make Windows boot faster. Ultrabooks use Intel SRT to cache Windows on a small SSD to speed Windows up.
    How large is SSD?
    I have my full install including /home in 27GB on my SSD, and use about 9GB. But all my data is on my hard drives and data folders like Documents, Music, Videos, etc all linked back to my /home.

    General instructions on moving /home.
    To move /home uses rsync- Be sure to use parameters to preserve ownership & permissions
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Pa...ng/Home/Moving

    But if your Windows is on your Hard drive, does it still boot? And is Linux install UEFI or BIOS based?
    Commands posted by Darko will help us see how system is configured.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Installed OS on separate SSD

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Good advice from Darko & carl.

    Are you sure Windows was on SSD and not just a cache to make Windows boot faster. Ultrabooks use Intel SRT to cache Windows on a small SSD to speed Windows up.
    How large is SSD?

    .......

    But if your Windows is on your Hard drive, does it still boot? And is Linux install UEFI or BIOS based?
    Commands posted by Darko will help us see how system is configured.
    To be honest now that you mention it I am not 100% certain that Windows was on the SSD, might have been the way you said. The SSD is 16GB I believe.

    When I restart the computer I do get a selection menu where I can select Windows recovery or something like that, it doesn't go straight into Ubuntu.

    The way I installed it was UEFI i think, had to go into bios and Enable that and disable fast boot as far as I can remember. Then used Ubuntu from USB using Universal USB Installer. Selected the smaller disk as the install location.

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    Re: Installed OS on separate SSD

    Quote Originally Posted by darkod View Post

    If you want to try and move, so that you don't have to configure your system again (if you have already done system configuration and program installations), post the output of these commands and we can give you further instructions:
    Code:
    df -h
    sudo parted -l
    sudo blkid

    Did that. Now what?

    terminal output:

    morten@MortenULTRA:~$ df -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sdb2 11G 8.5G 1.8G 84% /
    udev 1.9G 4.0K 1.9G 1% /dev
    tmpfs 770M 900K 769M 1% /run
    none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
    none 1.9G 1.6M 1.9G 1% /run/shm
    none 100M 68K 100M 1% /run/user
    /dev/sdb1 94M 123K 94M 1% /boot/efi
    /dev/sda2 444G 118G 327G 27% /media/morten/001AADA61AAD9964
    /dev/sda1 100M 30M 71M 30% /media/morten/SYSTEM
    morten@MortenULTRA:~$ sudo parted -l
    [sudo] password for morten:
    Model: ATA Hitachi HTS54505 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sda: 500GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 1049kB 106MB 105MB primary ntfs boot
    2 106MB 477GB 477GB primary ntfs
    3 477GB 500GB 23.3GB primary ntfs diag


    Model: ATA SanDisk iSSD P4 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdb: 16.0GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: gpt

    Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
    1 1049kB 99.6MB 98.6MB fat32 boot
    2 99.6MB 11.8GB 11.7GB ext4
    3 11.8GB 16.0GB 4185MB linux-swap(v1)


    morten@MortenULTRA:~$ sudo blkid
    /dev/sda1: LABEL="SYSTEM" UUID="B62CF0272CEFE07B" TYPE="ntfs"
    /dev/sda2: UUID="001AADA61AAD9964" TYPE="ntfs"
    /dev/sda3: LABEL="SAMSUNG_REC" UUID="6E5AD79E5AD760FF" TYPE="ntfs"
    /dev/sdb1: UUID="CF69-1C9D" TYPE="vfat"
    /dev/sdb2: UUID="a62929c1-0acc-414e-bbee-81cf29d3e78a" TYPE="ext4"
    /dev/sdb3: UUID="1f9b7c95-0c3c-4f93-977a-9103dbab6eba" TYPE="swap"
    morten@MortenULTRA:~$
    Last edited by mortenghaug; April 7th, 2013 at 08:41 PM.

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    Re: Installed OS on separate SSD

    First of all, you have no unallocated space on sda, which is the hdd. Where do you plan to create the /home partition? What size do you want it to have?
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