View Full Version : [ubuntu] From 320 GB HD to 180 GB SSD (dual boot)

November 25th, 2012, 08:07 PM
I currently have a 320 GB HD with ubuntu and windows 7. I purchased a 180 BD SSD and want to use it as my boot drive. The 320 GB has windows (100GB), ubuntu (50 GB) and data (the rest). I want to put the windows and ubuntu partitions on the SSD then make the old HD the data drive. I've used clonezilla to clone entire drives before but this seems a little more complicated. Any suggestions/tips would be appreciated. Thanks.

November 26th, 2012, 07:26 PM
I do not know the Windows way, but some suggest Windows tools for Windows & Linux tools for Linux. Windows is very particular about partitions, sizes and changes. So it will require repairs if it does restore to a new drive.

The vendor recovery DVDs are just an image of your drive as purchased. If you have housecleaned a lot of cruft normally included, run many updates with many reboots, and added software you may want a full back up.
Backup windows before install - post by Mark Phelps
Another suggestion by srs5694

Make your own Windows repairCD (not vendor recovery):

I also prefer clean installs. So for Ubuntu I would suggest a clean install. If you copy it, you will have to reinstall grub2's boot loader and manually edit fstab with new UUIDs. If you attempt a full clone you will have duplicate UUIDs and have to manually edit UUIDs on one drive other the other. (May be same issue with Windows?)

If you keep /home or separate data from /home you can just install to the SSD.

I use my SSD as just a boot drive for Ubuntu and include /home, but no data. I am also aggressive about moving data to my data partitions, so my / (root) is not large. I use about 9GB of my 25GB / partition.

November 27th, 2012, 01:47 AM
Thanks for the replay oldfred. I think I'm going to try this (http://lifehacker.com/5837543/how-to-migrate-to-a-solid+state-drive-without-reinstalling-windows). I'm going to clone my Windows partition then do a fresh install of Ubuntu.