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    Re: Moving old SSD to new Lenovo MiniPC

    Exactly, I would like to move my Ubuntu from the 2.5 SSD to the nvme drive where Windows is now installed. Don't care about the Windows I have on my 2.5 SSD since I rarely boot Windows, I keep it installed just in case...

    Wouldn't you use gparted to resize the Windows partition and make free space for Linux?

    How should I manage copying my Ubuntu from 2.5 SSD to nvme drive?

    Thanks for helping!

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    Re: Moving old SSD to new Lenovo MiniPC

    While gparted may be able to resize a NTFS partition, on occassion some corruption occurs. Users blame Linux, but almost always a Windows issue that existed before.
    So best to use Windows to resize NTFS partitions and reboot immediately into Windows and run chkdsk on any resized partitions.
    Windows tools for Windows, Linux tools for Linux.

    I have always believed in new install & restore from your normal backup.
    That confirms you backups are complete as you still have old drive to get anything you missed.
    With gpt difficult to image copy a partition as GUIDs are in primary partition table, backup partition table & partition. While possibly repairable to resync them, best to not to try to copy partition.
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    Re: Moving old SSD to new Lenovo MiniPC

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoPau View Post
    Wouldn't you use gparted to resize the Windows partition and make free space for Linux?
    As mentioned by oldfred, Windows tools to manipulate Windows partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoPau View Post
    How should I manage copying my Ubuntu from 2.5 SSD to nvme drive?
    It will be painful (almost impossible) to cleanly copy a BIOS Ubuntu installation to a drive where Windows is installed in UEFI mode.

    This approach will inevitably lead to boot problems.

    New installation of Ubuntu is the only answer.

    Did you not take notice of this info https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI?

    Have you backed up your data?

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    Re: Moving old SSD to new Lenovo MiniPC

    Another thought.

    Which OS do you use (or intend to use) most frequently?
    Two drives + two operating systems, it would be ideal to have two completely separate installations (each on an individual drive.).

    Priority OS on the faster nvme drive?

    Reduces problems with Grub because you can boot via UEFI.

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    Re: Moving old SSD to new Lenovo MiniPC

    Quote Originally Posted by tea for one View Post
    Another thought.

    Which OS do you use (or intend to use) most frequently?
    Two drives + two operating systems, it would be ideal to have two completely separate installations (each on an individual drive.).

    Priority OS on the faster nvme drive?
    Like I said, I rarely (almost never) boot Windows.

    Priority is Linux on nvme, being faster. I will then use the 2.5 inch slot for my 2 TB HD for general data.
    Last edited by MarcoPau; June 27th, 2021 at 05:26 AM.

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    Re: Moving old SSD to new Lenovo MiniPC

    Then, what is preventing you installing Ubuntu on your nvme drive removing Windows in the process?

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    Re: Moving old SSD to new Lenovo MiniPC

    Quote Originally Posted by tea for one View Post
    Then, what is preventing you installing Ubuntu on your nvme drive removing Windows in the process?
    The fact that once in a while I need Windows.

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    Re: Moving old SSD to new Lenovo MiniPC

    Or were you maybe meaning I could get rid of windows momentarily and reinstall it afterwards (on the 2TB HD in case?)?

    In this case, it'd be easy to copy my Linux from the 2.5 inch ssd to a virgin nvme?

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    Re: Moving old SSD to new Lenovo MiniPC

    No, not really, I was suggesting that you remove Windows completely as it seemed you did not really need it.

    Anyway, you are in a privileged position with two drives and you should be able to decide:-

    Each OS on a separate drive?
    Both OS on your nvme drive?

    Was Windows 10 pre-installed on the nvme drive (it is often tied to the hardware by the manufacturer and probably difficult to relocate to your second drive)?

    I notice that you have not yet confirmed that you have data back-ups.
    Have you done this essential task?

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    Re: Moving old SSD to new Lenovo MiniPC

    Sure I backed up already, sorry if I didn't answer explicitly.

    Don't know if Win10 is tied to the hw, thou it is pre installed.

    Don't have a preference between having both os's on the same nvme or each on a different drive. I'd care about making it simpler, since I am not so keen for hacking on the computer for hours in order to run my Linux on the new computer

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