After searching & reading through many answers & online results, Im posting my particular question below.

I have a 250GB Hard Drive which has two OSes (Win10 & Ubuntu) & a storage partition. I just bought a 512GB SSD & a SSD to USB cable.

How can I clone all the partitions (Windows 10, Ubuntu & storage partition) to SSD drive & have the spare space created as a separate partition.

I would ideally like to do this in Ubuntu (my primary OS).


Since you're going from a smaller disk drive, to a larger disk drive, I can safely say that Clonezilla is the tool of choice. Download a Ubuntu-based copy from http://clonezilla.org/downloads/download.php?branch=alternative and burn it to a CD/DVD/USB, and boot to it.

Their main page at http://clonezilla.org can give you more details about the program.

When you're done, 1/2 of the new disk will be unallocated space, and you can create whatever partition(s) you'd like.

When you're done, use sudo fdisk -l, or sudo parted /dev/sda and use the align-check command, to assure that your partitions are properly aligned, or you'll suffer performance issues. For more information on these commands, type man fdisk or man parted.

  • Agree that this is a the utility I would (and have) used for this purpose. – Mark Dec 7 '16 at 1:42
  • Im going through this right now... would you please elaborate on the fdisk -l & parted align-check commands please. I am getting permission denied error. – Kayote Dec 9 '16 at 14:21
  • I'm sorry, my error, the commands should start with sudo ie: sudo fdisk -l. In terminal, type man parted to learn more about how to use the align-check option in parted. – heynnema Dec 9 '16 at 14:25
  • Thank you, I couldn't figure out the align-check bit, however, the system is working for now. Would appreciate more insight if possible on it. Thanks – Kayote Dec 9 '16 at 17:09
  • sudo parted /dev/sda, print, align-check optimal 1, align-check optimal 2, etc., quit. – heynnema Dec 9 '16 at 17:45

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