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Hey, I'm dual booting debian and windows on two separate drives, and the windows one is an SSD. Since I use debian more I'd like to have it on the SSD for performance reasons. Is it possible to just swap the partitions with each other? Would I need a third drive?
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Hmm... a little bit tricky, and I've never tried to image Linux partitions, but the theory goes...

1) Create an image of the Windows partition
2) Create an image of the Linux Partition(s)
(You may need a third disk to store the images)
3) Restore the Windows image to the HDD
4) Restore the Linux image to the SSD
5) Fix the boot loaders if necessary

I used to do this all the time in my old job using Norton ghost and Windows partitions - but i never tried it with Linux. There are plenty of partition imaging applications out there - the first that comes to mind is Clonezilla, but i've not used it for a couple years.


Of course, i assume that the drives are large enough to store each others partitions.
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Yeah, they're both big enough, I have a shared drive they use to keep data. I think my ssd came with Acronis, I think that might work. It's already using grub, think I'll run into any problems?
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think I'll run into any problems?

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Research and study both methods, and you should be OK. I'm sure you can find multiple guides out there.

*Expect the worst and ALWAYS backup important data* thumb.gif
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Thanks, I'm no stranger to breaking operating systems rolleyes.gif
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I don't think any of us are... haha
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