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Operating sistem migration to SSD

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Hi, i didn't really know where to post this thread, if on the windows section or linux section.
i have a 500 gb 5600 rpm hard drive, it's reeeeeaally slow, i want to add an 240 gb ssd and migrate the OS on it, the thing is that i have windows and lubuntu in dual boot. I don't use lubunto a lot but i'd like to keep it, i don't know what partitions to move from my hard disk to the ssd. i add a screenshot of the disk management window.

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If a drive or partition has an operating system, or certain types of programs on it you can not just move or copy it.

If you stop and think about it that would put Microsoft, and most program companies, out of business. No one would buy operating systems nor programs. They would just copy them. The reason it doesn't work is because there are certain files in OSs and programs that have to be at a certain place on a hard disk, and when you copy a file it just goes to the next available empty space on a drive.

There's a process called "clonning" that makes an exact copy of a disk or partition with all the files in the exact same place they were on the old disk when you "clone" it to a new disk. Your new SSD will come with a cloning program. If it doesn't you can download one (free) from the SSD manufacturers website. There are also many cloning programs available on the interwebs and some of them are free too.

There can also be problems with your Windows installation key not working when you make changes to your computer. Microsoft keeps a record each computer it's operating systems are installed on. They do this by recording what components were present when the OS was installed. Your key is matched to your components. If you change components your key (and authentication) may not work any more. Fortunately Microsoft allows some leeway in what components you can change. Adding an SSD should not be a problem, but something like a new motherboard could be a problem.
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So i can't clone all the drive becouse it is around 340gb so it's bigger than the ssd; and I don't know what partitions to clone since I have a dual boot
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So i can't clone all the drive becouse it is around 340gb so it's bigger than the ssd; and I don't know what partitions to clone since I have a dual boot
There are programs that will clone a whole drive and resize the partitions to match the size of the new drive. I just cloned a 256 GB SSD to a 120 GB SSD. I used Partition Magic's cloning utility. Just used it's default settings, though you can set just about anything you want to.

The sizes of the drives doesn't natter. But. yes, cloning won't work if the new drive has more stuff on it that will fit on the new drive. You'd have to get rid of some stuff.
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Ok, thank you
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