i give up with clonezilla anyone know how i can clone a mostly empty 500gb linux os drive to 240gb drive?
What issue are you having with clonezilla?
Shrink the partition and then use dd
Is the filesystem shrinkable?
what programs do you use to do that? gparted?
Yes, typically booting from a live image usb (like knoppix)
This or shrink then use clonezilla if that workflow is better for you. I usually do a clonezilla image for back up. Usb boot to shrink volume and clonezilla to clone to new drive.
Usually going from 500gog to 256gig spinner to ssd for friends laptops
yeah i had to do the shrink with gparted. with NTFS and FAT there are pay for options that resize for you. this be a paint point for *nix unless of anyone knows of any sweet pay software that can do it?
@cdoublejj I upgraded several of our laptops at work from HDD to SSD, I found a freemium software package, first 3-5 links on Google, where shrinking/cloning/growing was in the free part of the software. Samsung also has a tool that can do it on the system it’s running on.
i’ve seen this but, only for windows / ntfs drives
The whole point of a clone is to be exactly identical. When you need anything to be different, cloning is a square peg in a round hole.
Partition the new drive the way you want it, do a minimal OS install on it, then tar or rsync the contents of the old drive over to the new one. Done.
I’m even lazier than that. I just direct write the drive then open gparted and have it fix it XDDD
i’m unfamiliar with the language you are speaking
I’ve never had Clonezilla succeed in copying Linux drives - even when not shrinking them.
My default technique now is to simply create the filesystem as I want it on the new drive, copy over the files (remember to use a method that won’t skip hidden .files) and chroot to the new partition to install GRUB (I’m normally doing this to make old systems faster with SSDs, so UEFI isn’t a thing on most of them).