I have two drives in my laptop:

SSD (128GB):

  • Windows 10 installed

HDD (1TB):

  • Windows 10 Data
  • Linux Mint installed on ext4

Now, once you go SSD you never look back, so loading times on Linux Mint installation are driving me nuts.

From what I’ve read, I could possibly clone the ext4 partition with Clonezilla and move it to a new ext4 partition on SSD. Is that something feasible? I wonder about how grub will behave after the move. I am not very savvy with it and worried that any automated tool I could use after moving Mint partition to SSD is not gonna help me out much.

Any help/comments would be greatly appreciated.

  • Is the drive that you're moving to MBR or GPT? – etskinner May 4 '17 at 12:37
  • It's MBR from what I've checked. – oompaloompa May 4 '17 at 20:49
  • See my answer below. My original answer said to use 'disk to disk', but you need to make sure to use 'partition to partition' in clonezilla. – etskinner May 4 '17 at 21:18

Moving your Linux install partition with Clonezilla is definitely feasible, and it's probably the easiest way. Here's the general process:

  1. Backup any important data. (Although I've successfully done this before, I haven't tested these instructions, so move forward without backup at your own risk).
  2. Shrink your Windows partition to provide enough space for your Linux partition, plus a bit more (maybe ~1GB) for the fact that Clonezilla can't clone to a smaller drive than the original.
  3. Use a partitioning program (GParted Live would be suitable). Create a new partition in the space that you made in step 2.
  4. Boot into Clonezilla and do a disk to disk clone, from your original partition to your new one. Instead of choosing disk_to_local_disk in those instructions, choose, part_to_local_part, and select the partitions to clone rather than disks to clone.
  5. Install and configure GRUB on the new drive.

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