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Old 03-25-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
Lhd303
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Migrating OS to SSD


On my recently built computer, I installed a one terabyte drive before my 120 GB SSD drive arrived and I have used it for a couple of months, now that the SSD has arrived I would like to install it to host the OS (Unbuntu 12.10) and the drivers etc...

Now this is my first foray into Linux and I guess I was just used to a point and shoot methodology while using Windows, I haven't located a link in the forum or elsewhere on the web which solves my problem. The SSD is 1/8th the size of the current drive and the options i have seen require the added drive to be larger. I downloaded clonezilla but that doesn't seem to be the correct option, while I guess I could do a clean install, I prefer not to go that route.

I would appreciate a little sugar coating on the terminology used, I haven't learned all of the terms used, and I guess I think about what I used to do and try to equate everything that way.

Thanks,

Computer Specifics:
AMD Quad - 4 Processor operating at 3.8 GHZ not over-clocked yet. 32 bit OS supported 950.7 GB Hard Drive,
31.6 GB Ram
970 A G 46 MB
Asus G-Force GTX 550, 1 GB Video Card
 
Old 03-25-2013, 01:36 PM   #2
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Hello

There are other options, but I usually use FSArchiver to create a system archive that can then easily be restored to another HDD, or SSD. Restoring the archive to another drive has never failed me so far. I do edit the fstab on SSD installs a bit to include the "discard" option for all partitions that I want trim support enabled. FSArchiver doesn't care if the new drive is bigger or smaller as long as all the data will fit.

Note that I always run FSArchiver from a liveCD such as Parted Magic.

Last edited by ozar; 03-25-2013 at 01:38 PM. Reason: added bit about liveCD
 
Old 03-25-2013, 01:43 PM   #3
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Thanks OZ, I will look into FSArchiver, again my ignorance is too apparent, "I do edit the fstab on SSD installs a bit to include the "discard" option for all partitions that I want trim support enabled." Is all greek to me!
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:50 PM   #4
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Thanks OZ, I will look into FSArchiver, again my ignorance is too apparent, "I do edit the fstab on SSD installs a bit to include the "discard" option for all partitions that I want trim support enabled." Is all greek to me!
Hello, Larry

I always run Arch Linux, so the wiki article that I'm linking below was written for it, but most of the tips about running Linux on an SSD would also apply to other distros:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/SSD
 
  


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