View Full Version : [ubuntu] How Do I Move Installation To A Smaller HDD?

December 14th, 2011, 08:10 PM
I've got a large HDD which appears to be unreliable. How can I transfer my existing Ubuntu installation to my old, smaller HDD? (My used data does not exceed the old HDD.)

December 14th, 2011, 08:20 PM
FS Archiver makes a backup copy of your partition using just the existing data and it can restore it to a smaller partition as long as the data can fit.

But it depends if you have a third disk to use as temporary medium for the backup file. I have never tried using this without creating the backup file.


December 20th, 2011, 04:34 PM
Actually running Gparted on the smaller HDD then using Rsync with -a and -P worked quite well. It even allowed resuming so I could stop if I noticed unnecessary data being copied.

Although, I did have to boot a live CD, ch-root to the new installation, and run Grub-install.