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Old 09-25-2011, 01:02 PM   #1
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Moving Ubuntu install to SSD from large HDD

Hey folks, I'm having a hell of a time figuring out the best way to do this. I've got a 1TB drive partitioned as follows running Ubuntu 11.04: 20MB EFI (fat), 84GB Boot (ext4), 915GB Storage (ext4), and 1.7GB swap.

I have a 60GB OCZ Vertex2 that I'd like to put in and use as a boot drive. I think I'd like to move the EFI, Boot, and Swap partitions, yes?

What is the process for this such that it will maintain proper alignment on the SSD? Is clonezilla the best option? Something else? I don't think dd is as it's block for block.

After I get it imaged, will I have to change up GRUB and UUIDs?

Thanks so much!!!
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:39 PM   #2
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(I don't mean to be captain obvious when out of my element, but didn't the unix guy just sticky a guide on this?)

good luck, and 2 cents: I had to make that transition with win7, what I found was that almost all of the old school software would suffer a massive stoke when dealing with SSD, if not simply from looking for cache that didn't exist.
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:22 PM   #3
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(I don't mean to be captain obvious when out of my element, but didn't the unix guy just sticky a guide on this?)

good luck, and 2 cents: I had to make that transition with win7, what I found was that almost all of the old school software would suffer a massive stoke when dealing with SSD, if not simply from looking for cache that didn't exist.
He doesn't address how to actually move from one to the other -- though the info on trim and alignment is helpful. I'm really trying to avoid reinstalling, but I may be out of luck, and with 11.1 coming out anyway, it may be the best route
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I'm not sure if the swap partition is the same as windows as I am out of my element here as well as far as moving it off a ssd.I would be interested in an explanation as well so a free bump for curiosity.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:20 PM   #5
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swap partition is a lot like the swap file in windows. Linux does support using a file, but using a partition is the preferred 'barebones' method.

As for whether you want it on your ssd or not: you're really balancing ssd wear with swap speed. A lot of the time though, if you have enough ram, you can get away without using much swap anyway.
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