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I have dual boot windows and Ubuntu 20.10 on HDD. I have installed a SSD in place of DVD player on HP laptop. I want to know if there is any way I can clone Ubuntu to a partition of new SSD using the Windows. I have tried using Minitoos which detects the windows OS and clones it to SSD but I want to clone Ubuntu.

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  • "using the Windows" ask a windows user :) We are not expected to know how to do that using Windows The contents of what you clone does not matter. Besides that: I consider it a bad idea: reinstalling on the ssd is the better method.
    – Rinzwind
    Dec 20, 2020 at 12:41
  • Maybe there is a way to do it rennin Ubuntu in VirtualBox in Windows. Best to do it from Ubuntu on a Live USB. Dec 20, 2020 at 12:45
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    This user cloned his HDD to new SSD and has massive issues of duplicate UUIDs & GUIDs. ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2455446 Note with UEFI and gpt partitioning, it is not as easy to copy a partition as GUID is unique to partition and must match primary partition table & backup partition table. Good time to test that your backups are complete, as new install & restore from backup will show it has everything. But you still have old install, just in case. When hard drive fails & you have to restore from backup, you to not have old install to go back to.
    – oldfred
    Dec 20, 2020 at 15:32

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Assuming your SSD is same size as the HDD, use clonezilla, then remove the Windows partition once you boot from SSD, expand Ubuntu to use the storage that was made available when removing Windows partition.

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By cloning your're trying the hardest way. I'm not sure if that's needed. You may backup /home and do fresh installation to SSD. Copy the backup to new /home.

Or you still want to do the hardest way by cloning? You may use CloneZilla

Personally, I don't see a reason why we should take the hardest way. If you have some specific reasons, let us know in comments.

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  • I've tried fresh install on new SSD. but it's showing boot device failed error message. I've tried boot repair, turned off secure boot and enabled legacy boot but no luck. I have a working Ubuntu boot on old HDD so I thought maybe if I clone this it might work. Dec 20, 2020 at 13:34
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I tried multiple disc cloning software but wasn't able to boot from external SSD. When I replaced the Original HDD with new SSD, I was able to boot from it. Maybe there was some problem with the SSD connection to laptop suing the CD drive.

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