[SOLVED] Is it possible to clone Mint to a mSata drive?

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[SOLVED] Is it possible to clone Mint to a mSata drive?

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My Mint machine is a Lenovo L520 with a 500GB Harddrive and I'm considering buying a 240 GB mSata drive and boot from that, so Mint can boot faster and maybe speed this machine up a bit.
So my question is:
1) Is cloning possible? or
2) should I do a clean install on the mSata and then wipe the harddrive?
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Re: Is it possible to clone Mint to a mSata drive?

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You can use clonezilla to clone the partition. Source partition should be smaller than the destination partition size.
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Re: Is it possible to clone Mint to a mSata drive?

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Cewls! I'll try when I recieve the mSata drive.
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Re: Is it possible to clone Mint to a mSata drive?

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So I just installed a msata disk in my laptop and chose to do a fresh install and wiped my old HDD, which probably wasn't one of my best ideas.
The computer feels really snappy. But, maybe I should have backed up my /home ... :?
I'm considering to partition the old HDD(500GB) into two partitions, 1 for /Home and 1 for backups.
The msata disk(240GB) is purely for the OS, and maybe swapfile?

Is it possible to move /Home to its own partition on the HDD?
Or should it be done during install? Its still a fresh install, so I don't mind reinstalling LM.
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Re: Is it possible to clone Mint to a mSata drive?

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Swampthing wrote:
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:34 pm
The msata disk(240GB) is purely for the OS, and maybe swapfile?
That's a huge waste of an SSD. You might consider reserving 32-38GB for the OS and swapfile on one partition, and allocate the rest to /home. As for the HDD, use it for data that doesn't change much, as well as backups.

As for cloning, if that HDD is one large partition or if the partition you want to clone is larger than the SSD then you won't be able to clone it, and you'll be letting yourself in for numerous issues if you try.
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Re: Is it possible to clone Mint to a mSata drive?

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Kadaitcha Man wrote:
Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:19 pm
Swampthing wrote:
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:34 pm
The msata disk(240GB) is purely for the OS, and maybe swapfile?
That's a huge waste of an SSD. You might consider reserving 32-38GB for the OS and swapfile on one partition, and allocate the rest to /home. As for the HDD, use it for data that doesn't change much, as well as backups.

As for cloning, if that HDD is one large partition or if the partition you want to clone is larger than the SSD then you won't be able to clone it, and you'll be letting yourself in for numerous issues if you try.
So the easiest solution is to leave it as it is?
I've configured Timeshift to save backups on the HDD.
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Re: Is it possible to clone Mint to a mSata drive?

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Swampthing wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:53 am
So the easiest solution is to leave it as it is?
Yes and no. It's easiest now. If you have a separate home partition then you can keep your settings and configurations if you ever need to clean install. Without that, you'll either have to restore from a backup or set it all up from scratch.
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Re: [SOLVED] Is it possible to clone Mint to a mSata drive?

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So I started from scratch again, another opportunity to learn some more. :D
And during install I made a root partition, swap partition and a home partition on the msata drive.
And it works perfectly, thanks to Xenopeeks tutorial : viewtopic.php?t=122276
I was able to search online for answers during install via the live USB, what an amazing tool.
Linux Mint and this forum continues to impress me. :D
Thank you so much to those who answered my questions and to Xenopeek for the tutorial.
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