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    HHD to SSD: Will this approach work?

    Right now, I have Clonezilla copying the Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows XP partitions of a SATA HD to my WD 500 GB Passport USB drive. When that is done, I want to put images (?) on a new Crucial M4 256 GB SSD. Hopefully, I will have a working system when I removed the HD and try to boot from the SSD.

    If it doesn't work, where did I go wrong?

    Thank you,

    John

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    Re: HHD to SSD: Will this approach work?

    XP is not really compatible with SSD.

    I wanted to use trim which needs AHCI turned on in BIOS. But my XP does not have AHCI drivers, so I just shut it down (as I had promised for years )

    Another thread with similar questions
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1929727

    Do SSD need customization?
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1981478
    Arch suggests gpt for SSD. Only if installing Windows on older system may you want MBR as Windows only boots from gpt with UEFI.
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Solid_State_Drives
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2003022
    https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/ssd

    You still need discard for trim and noatime to reduce writes. You can also use ext4 but turn journal off. I think that was about all I actually did. If using any newer version of gparted you should have alignment or first partition starts at sector 2048 and all partition starts are divisible by 8.
    Info on trim and ext4 without journel
    http://www.buildingcubes.com/2012/10...mand-on-linux/

    How to Tweak Your SSD in Ubuntu for Better Performance
    http://www.howtogeek.com/62761/how-t...r-performance/
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    Re: HHD to SSD: Will this approach work?

    Thank you, Oldfred. thank you for your suggestions. Right now, my Dell Vostro 3500 laptop has been running on a Crucial SSD for almost a year w/o problems. I used the Crucial cloning cable and software to do that one. I still need to figure out how to add Ubuntu w/o killing XP (fortunately, I had an image backup on my Passport drive), because I am taking my business over to Ubuntu and all the HD problems that were keeping Dell service techs busy, have gone away.

    I moved a Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit system to another Crucial M4 using Clonezilla without problems. With 8 GB RAM, no need for swap file (as will be the case for PC waiting for the new SSD), I have not seen the problems others have reported.

    John

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    Re: HHD to SSD: Will this approach work? No! Clonezilla killed it!

    The mission failed. Clonezilla put out some sort of error message saying something to the effect that target drive was too small. I added up what I think was saved on the image and it looked like I was I was trying to put 240.43 GB on a 256 SSD. Maybe I should have used the cloning software that CRUCIAL sends with the SSD?

    John

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    Re: HHD to SSD: Will this approach work?

    Some with Windows suggest Windows tools for Windows backup.
    Backup windows before install - post by Mark Phelps
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...0#post12611710
    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
    Another suggestion by srs5694
    http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

    But many have reported good success with Clonezilla.
    But if keeping old drive and new drive on same system you will have issues of duplicate UUIDs. Not sure about Windows but with Ubuntu you have to change UUID, then reinstall grub, edit fstab and a few other fixes.
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    Re: HHD to SSD: Will this approach work?

    I finally got this to work, but I had to stop using Clonezilla. I used the USB data transfer cable in the Crucial Data Transfer Suite. I booted the PC from the HDD using the Windows XP side. Then I used the EZ Gig IV Cloning Software with Data Select Rev. 4.0.4. That software copied the partitions and files on the HDD to the SDD. I then used Yannbuntu boot repair disk to get the correct GRUB configuration. I lost hours playing with Clonezilla, etc.

    John
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    Re: HHD to SSD: Will this approach work?

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Arch suggests gpt for SSD. Only if installing Windows on older system may you want MBR as Windows only boots from gpt with UEFI.
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Solid_State_Drives
    Funny, I couldn't find any mention of GPT on that wiki page. :) Either way it'd be strange. The benefits (and limitations) of GPT are well-known and they have nothing to do with SSD.

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    Re: HHD to SSD: Will this approach work?

    @prodigy_
    You are correct (it used to) and gpt does not specifically apply to SSD other than it is newer and I believe gdisk supported alignment before some of the other partition tools. One of the main advantages of gpt is that is has a backup partition table, so I primary is damaged you may still be able to read data.
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