SSd G4l and imaging
i am using G4L it to clone the hard drive in my Muse Research Receptor ,its a linux box that uses wine to play VST instruments.
I have managed to clone the HD.using the clone disk function in G4l no probs.
I am now thinking about getting an ssd my question is.
Will i be able to make an image of a 1TB Sata drive with about 200GB of info on it.And then transfer that image on to a 250 GB SSD using G4L and still have it boot.Or is there a better way to do this.
Most of those tools fail when going from a large drive to a smaller drive. There is also some settings in some versions of linux that may hamper this clone. One solution is to make the original partition smaller than the target. Not all solutions work for everyone.
Would parted magic work do you think.?
Tools like parted magic and Gparted do copy partitions. It may only require you to copy a new grub but you will need to have associated files moved.
Most web pages suggest shrinking the original size then clone works.
I ended up usung unetbootin.
First i cloned the original drive twice onto 2 separate
Sata drives and checked to make sure they worked
They where two 2 Tb drives.
I used G4l in unetbootin for that.No probs there.
After that i used one of the clones as a
Source drive for my ssd clone.
I started by shrinking the File system on the 2 tb drive to 350 Gb (slightly more than the amount
Of data on the drive.to do this i used parted magic also in the unetbootin distro.
Then i cloned that on to the 500 Gb ssd using G4l click and clone.
Initialy i thaught the clone had failed because it
Stopped after 24.99 % .so i left it alone for 30 min just
Incase.then reebooted.i then reesized the ssd to 500 gb
Using parted magic.
The clone works fine.The file system is error free.
Thx for all the advice .Andy
For what is worth, clonezilla is a good cloning tool. I was able to clone my exact distro, format my drive, and re-insert my OS just as it was. However, it just seemed that my system no longer ran as fast or smooth. It would lag during video,music. Web browsing became slow. I would always recommend to backup your folders onto a media formatted in ext4 and do a fresh install of the latest kernel/packages, then copy the files back over, except for all the cache from firefox and stuff. For that, I would just save my bookmarks and leave the .mozilla directory out.
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