Partition advice for internal drive upgrade

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mfox
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The wireless card is pretty easy to replace, but the one I bought doesn't fit, unfortunately. So I still have the Broadcom inside. :(

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

jasonw

Although it's not as nice, don't forget you can also get USB wireless dongles.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

mfox
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Seeing that Intel wireless card sitting on the counter at Canada Computers was too good to be true. And the number was very close to the correct model: 7260 vs 7265. The Broadcom chip inside my laptop works well enough; I just thought it was worth the opportunity to replace it with one that's more Linux-friendly. If I want to do that I still can for under $30 if I buy the 7265 on Amazon.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

mfox
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I was deceived; the SSD in my Dell is a Samsung mobile SSD, not a pro and not a super fast one like the SSD in my MacBook Air. According to the specs, the replacement EVO 850 is at least as good as the one in there, so I'd like to replace it. But I need to figure out how to clone the drive. I'll bring it to the meeting tomorrow and hopefully, someone will be able to figure out how to clone my drive.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

mfox
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Apparently, all the Windows-related partitions that showed up on my Dell is normal. According to an article I read about clean-installing Windows 10: "During our tests, we found that installing Windows 10 from scratch was easier on a desktop than on a laptop computer. This is because laptops often have complicated disk drive structures with several recovery partitions, which can make installing Windows 10 difficult, as well as a fussy BIOS which makes it tricky to boot from USB. For example, a Dell XPS 13 running Windows 8.1 which we were using for testing had no fewer than seven different partitions."

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

jasonw

Interesting and weird. Clearly, I need to do some reading up on Windows 10.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

mfox
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Could be a Dell thing. Now that I know the partitions are "normal", I'm no longer concerned with them. Contrary to Bob's advice, I upgraded my Windows 8.1 partition to Windows 10. I did that after I did some reading on the internet about the two, and even on security and privacy there was no recommendation not to upgrade. It's all moot in a way because it's only there for emergency; i.e. I need to view or modify a file with a higher level or better working version of MS Office or Acrobat Reader than I can install/run on Linux. Furthermore, I turned off all the reporting features I could find and I have no intention of using Cortana.

Now that this has been done and I have (I think) removed all traces of the previous owner, I turned my attention to re-cloning the drive in advance of putting a new one in. I used the latest stable version of Clonzilla, running from the usb stick, and choosing the same options as Bob did last night. Seems to have worked well, and now I have a disk image of the drive that I want to use for backup and restoration. The next job will be removing the internal 128 GB SSD and replacing it with the 250 GB I purchased, followed by restoring it from that image. Stay tuned.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

mfox
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The job is done. The SSD was successfully replaced, and with the Clonezilla live usb, I was able to not only restore the disk image from the old drive onto the new one, but also the proportional expansion option worked, meaning that I didn't have to go in and monkey with the partition settings. The only issue I had was that booting into Windows 10 went and destroyed the grub entries in the MBR. That was an easy fix. I booted into Ubuntu from the boot menu option and downloaded and ran boot-repair. It added a bunch of other options (relating to EFI) to the boot menu, but the regular options work for booting into either Ubuntu or grub. So for $130 I now have a 250 GB internal SSD instead of a 128, plus the knowledge of how to open up a Dell xps 13.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

jasonw

It's so nice when things go relatively smoothly, isn't it? :) Glad it worked out for you. I'm considering picking up an SSD for my desktop unit now that I really see how fast they are in action.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

mfox
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Once I have the enclosure I ordered for my original m.2 SSD in the Dell, I may have a 120 GB SSD for sale cheap with a standard SATA connection. It's the one that I replaced with a 240 in my Acer laptop.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

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