Below is my research with description of trying to copy
Ubuntu 20.04 with enabled hibernation on separate swap partition on
Thinkpad T420 to new SDD drive based on answers in the current question. Eventually I had success but encountered many problems (nuances) while trying this recommendations.
Below SDD and HDD will be considered as interchangeable terms.
Firstly I tried the most simpler and straightforward way (as I thought) which is described in the Pilot6's answer - copying files from source partition to destination partition
For copying I used
The problem was that my new SDD drive did not boot Ubuntu without old SDD drive (both SDD drives must be connected). The only recommendations about this situation I found was to install or update or recover
Grub configuration. But this was not helpful.
Setting UUID of new root to grub config and updating grub as recommended here:
also did not work.
The problem was not in
Grub but in UUID of swap partition which was pointing to old drive.
If you do this for Ubuntu with enabled hibernation on separate swap partition you also have to update UUID of swap partition in
and run command for updating
initramfs to apply the change:
update-initramfs -u -k all
Otherwise at boot time there will be black screen with no diagnostic message.
Happily by accident one time I left this black screen on about 5 minutes to hang. Then the following diagnostic message appeared:
resume: Could not stat the resume device file '/dev/disk/by-uuid/8e8927aa-eca7-43d6-b7cd-66cfda70a242
Please type in the full path name to try again or press ENTER to boot the system:
start - probably typo in the message.
Related question: Could not stat the resume device file
Later I found out that '8e8927aa-eca7-43d6-b7cd-66cfda70a242' - is UUID of my swap partition on old hdd drive.
I was able to boot in new system by specifying root location on new drive by simple partition name, not UUID: "/dev/sdx1" and hitting
Interestingly that I specify new root location, not new swap location. It seems that Ubuntu somehow figured things out.
I run command for updating
initramfs after booting to new copy of Ubuntu.
In the command log there was the following:
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-5.13.0-27-generic
I: The initramfs will attempt to resume from /dev/sda4
I: Set the RESUME variable to override this.
which means that swap UUID was successfully changed.
Also I tried to run update for
chroot (from the old copy of Ubuntu or Live version of Ubuntu):
sudo mount /dev/sdx1 /mnt
sudo mount /dev/sdx5 /mnt/boot/efi
for i in /sys /proc /run /dev /dev/pts; do sudo mount --bind "$i" "/mnt$i"; done
sudo chroot /mnt
initramfs command was executed from
chroot but there was no message about updating
resume UUID as in previous log - do not know if it works properly.
At that moment I already updated
chroot by the following commands:
sudo grub-install /dev/sdx
After that I was able to boot from new SDD drive without old SDD drive.
Under this answer in comments there is comment from andrybak:
Currently trying to use this answer to migrate my install from old HDD to new HDD. I'm failing at the step "Install grub to the new drive". Grub keeps pointing/finding the install on the old HDD and I don't know how to convince Grub to look at the new HDD.
This may be the similar problem as I described above.
Ubuntu copied in such a way is loading normally but I noticed some problem with security system:
When I mount other drive's partitions by
gnome-disks I cannot open them in
nautilus (clicking their links in
gnome-disks will do nothing). This is due to error:
The solution was the following:
- I normally installed new Ubuntu (minimum version without office and updates) on new SDD drive.
- Copied files of old Ubuntu to partition with new Ubuntu installation.
In this case there was no problem with
( Update. Later I found out that problem with
Permission denied was due to bad files copying. Command
rsync -a does not copy all properties of files and cannot be used for copying system files. Need to use command like
rsync -axHAWXS --numeric-ids --info=progress2 in case of
rsync but better to use
cp -a because
cp works faster than
rsync for local copying - Copy entire file system hierarchy from one drive to another )
By such approach I copied my Ubuntu from MBR disk to new GPT disk. (Before installing the minimum version of Ubuntu I formatted new SDD as GPT.)
Copying files under working source OS is not working:
I tried copying files under current working system (not Live version) as discussed in comments under the Pilot6's answer by the following commands:
sudo rsync -a / /mnt/dest/ --exclude sys --exclude proc --exclude dev --exclude tmp --exclude media --exclude mnt --exclude run
sudo mkdir sys proc dev tmp media mnt run
sudo mkdir /var/tmp
In this case new copy of Ubuntu booted but the resolution of screen was lower. Probably some monitor-specific drivers was not copied or copied with errors due to currently working system.
Also tested ljrk's answer - using dd comand
sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=64K conv=noerror,sync status=progress
127945670656 bytes (128 GB, 119 GiB) copied, 818 s, 156 MB/s
dd: error writing '/dev/sdb': No space left on device
1953669+1 records in
1953669+0 records out
128035676160 bytes (128 GB, 119 GiB) copied, 829,897 s, 154 MB/s
By using USB SDD with installed Ubuntu and
dd command I copied bit by bit source SDD to the target SDD. In result target SDD had the same partitions, same UUIDs, same PARTUUID.
Below is about making Live USB SDD and changing UUIDs, PARTUUIDs to new ones.
For more high speed it is better to insert source and destination SDD drives inside notebook (the second SDD drive by optibay / caddy adapter), and will run
dd command from Bootable USB stick or USB SDD / USB HDD.
I found two programs for Ubuntu to make bootable USB stick or USB HDD. I wanted to make USB HDD (SDD) and this was quite challenging.
WoeUSB program also can be used for creating bootable HDD, not only USB stick but this is not specified in the program description.
The command below creates bootable HDD from Windows 10 Pro image (by UI it is not possible to specify USB Hard drive, only USB stick):
sudo woeusb --device "/home/username/Downloads/Win10_21H2_Russian_x64.iso" /dev/sdx --target-filesystem ntfs
How to create a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux with the new WoeUSB
UNetbootin tool (for Ubuntu) but it cannot use
NTFS, only FAT32 - this is not appropriate in case image of Win 10 pro since it has file with about 4,5 Gb in size (FAT32 does not support files with the size more than 4 Gb). Ubuntu 20.04 installation image must be able to be installed on FAT32 partition (the most biggest file in
ubuntu-20.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso image is
casper/filesystem.squashfs with the size of
2,1Gb). I used already installed Ubuntu connected via USB SDD.
The following command writes image to USB SDD with FAT32 FS:
sudo unetbootin installtype=HDD targetdrive=/media/username/winds/ method=diskimage isofile="/home/username/Downloads/Win10_21H2_Russian_x64.iso"
By UI it is not possible to specify target as USB Hard drive, only as USB stick. In
targetdrive parameter path must be specified to the mounted USB drive. And at the end there must be slash sign
/ otherwise command will fail with error:
unetbootin /dev/sdx1sources is out of space
Or maybe not fail but will write files not to the destination drive.
dd is useful if you want just move your system to another drive - even Dropbox works on target SDD without requiring re-linking. Old drive can be formatted. And you are done.
But if you want both HDD disks to work in the same notebook UUIDs and PARTUUIDs of the new HDD must be changed to unique. Below information about this.
How to Change UUID of Partition in Linux Filesystem
blkid | grep sdb1
sudo e2fsck -f /dev/sdb1 #required by tune2fs before changing UUID
sudo tune2fs -U 0c0f5bf5-4e0f-4f4e-85df-896c88e14ba5 /dev/sdb1
sudo blkid | grep sdb1
Source: How to Change UUID of Partition in Linux Filesystem
How to change PARTUUID?
sudo blkid | grep sdb1
sudo gdisk /dev/sdb
x # enter x to change to experts menu
c # enter c to change PARTUUID
1 # enter the number of the partition you want to change
m # enter m to go back to main menu
w # enter w to write the change to disk
q # enter q to exit gdisk
OK; writing new GUID partition table (GPT) to /dev/sdb.
Warning: The kernel is still using the old partition table.
The new table will be used at the next reboot or after you
run partprobe(8) or kpartx(8)
The operation has completed successfully.
sudo blkid | grep sdb1
Source: How to change PARTUUID?
Severus Tux'answer - about using Clonezella
This is also good way to go but will take more time in preparation and set up in comparison to using
dd command - Clonezella Live USB stick must be prepared, booted, and many menus of Clonezella UI must be went through before starting the process of cloning or saving an image of the system.
Clonezella works in the similar way as
dd - UUIDs, PARTUUIDs will be copied to target SDD drive also.
Discussion about UUIDs, PARTUUIDs on Clonezilla page: