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Old 11-25-2012, 10:30 AM   #1
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Upgrading to an SSD


My current laptop HD is 300 GB SATA. I got a 240 GB SSD for my birthday. I figure the best way to upgrade is to boot a live cd and use dd to copy the drive. But I'm a little concerned that the destination drive is smaller that the source drive.

Suggest how I should proceed?
 
Old 11-25-2012, 10:50 AM   #2
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Happy birthday.

If you're able to connect both drives at the same time, a better approach would be to do a fresh install of your system on the SSD drive and then copy the things that you need.
 
Old 11-25-2012, 10:53 AM   #3
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I would rather use rsync than dd. Using rsync you can make sure that the partitions on the SSD are aligned correctly and you don't run into problems with the smaller size of the SSD.
 
Old 11-25-2012, 12:10 PM   #4
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dd doesn't work well for large to small. Some people reduce size of original but there may still end up a chs issue. SSD's may require some very specific formatting and alignment and maybe some extra linux support.

Also there are in some cases hard drive specific references in grub or fstab.

I'd think the clean install would be best or some other file by file copy.

A bit by bit copy also copies the errors if any.
 
Old 11-26-2012, 09:37 AM   #5
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My current laptop HD is 300 GB SATA. I got a 240 GB SSD for my birthday. I figure the best way to upgrade is to boot a live cd and use dd to copy the drive. But I'm a little concerned that the destination drive is smaller that the source drive.

Suggest how I should proceed?
Look at post: #259 of So you want to be a Slacker! What do I do next? which leads to loads of information on setting up a 'SSD'. Sure the information is based on Slackware but you will be able to learn the basics. Plus loads of links.
HTH!
 
  


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