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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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