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SSD Upgrade
« on: November 19, 2019, 04:51:28 pm »
Hello everyone!

I was just wondering whether you could help me out...

I installed Peppermint 10 a week ago on my girlfriend's old laptop and it just works great. However, I'm determined to upgrade the hard drive to an SSD (2.5 SSD 240GB SATA3 SSDNOW A400, actually). With these current specs, do you know if it's possible to upgrade??

ATA device, with non-removable media
   Model Number:       WDC WD10JPVX-22JC3T0                   
   Serial Number:      WD-WX11A24D3435
   Firmware Revision:  01.01A01
   Transport:          Serial, SATA 1.0a, SATA II Extensions, SATA Rev 2.5, SATA Rev 2.6, SATA Rev 3.0
Standards:
   Supported: 9 8 7 6 5
   Likely used: 9
Configuration:
   Logical      max   current
   cylinders   16383   16383
   heads      16   16
   sectors/track   63   63
   --
   CHS current addressable sectors:    16514064
   LBA    user addressable sectors:   268435455
   LBA48  user addressable sectors:  1953525168
   Logical  Sector size:                   512 bytes
   Physical Sector size:                  4096 bytes
   Logical Sector-0 offset:                  0 bytes
   device size with M = 1024*1024:      953869 MBytes
   device size with M = 1000*1000:     1000204 MBytes (1000 GB)
   cache/buffer size  = 8192 KBytes
   Nominal Media Rotation Rate: 5400
Capabilities:
   LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
   Queue depth: 32
   Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, with device specific minimum
   R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16   Current = 0
   Advanced power management level: 254
   DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 udma5 *udma6
        Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
   PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
        Cycle time: no flow control=120ns  IORDY flow control=120ns
Commands/features:
   Enabled   Supported:
      *   SMART feature set
          Security Mode feature set
      *   Power Management feature set
      *   Write cache
      *   Look-ahead
      *   Host Protected Area feature set
      *   WRITE_BUFFER command
      *   READ_BUFFER command
      *   NOP cmd
      *   DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
      *   Advanced Power Management feature set
          Power-Up In Standby feature set
      *   SET_FEATURES required to spinup after power up
          SET_MAX security extension
      *   48-bit Address feature set
      *   Device Configuration Overlay feature set
      *   Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
      *   FLUSH_CACHE_EXT
      *   SMART error logging
      *   SMART self-test
      *   General Purpose Logging feature set
      *   64-bit World wide name
      *   IDLE_IMMEDIATE with UNLOAD
      *   {READ,WRITE}_DMA_EXT_GPL commands
      *   Segmented DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
      *   Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
      *   Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
      *   Gen3 signaling speed (6.0Gb/s)
      *   Native Command Queueing (NCQ)
      *   Host-initiated interface power management
      *   Phy event counters
      *   Idle-Unload when NCQ is active
      *   NCQ priority information
      *   Host automatic Partial to Slumber transitions
      *   Device automatic Partial to Slumber transitions
      *   READ_LOG_DMA_EXT equivalent to READ_LOG_EXT
      *   DMA Setup Auto-Activate optimization
      *   Device-initiated interface power management
      *   Software settings preservation
      *   SMART Command Transport (SCT) feature set
      *   SCT Write Same (AC2)
      *   SCT Features Control (AC4)
      *   SCT Data Tables (AC5)
          unknown 206[12] (vendor specific)
          unknown 206[13] (vendor specific)
          unknown 206[14] (vendor specific)
Security:
   Master password revision code = 65534
      supported
   not   enabled
   not   locked
      frozen
   not   expired: security count
      supported: enhanced erase
   196min for SECURITY ERASE UNIT. 196min for ENHANCED SECURITY ERASE UNIT.
Logical Unit WWN Device Identifier: 50014ee604652add
   NAA      : 5
   IEEE OUI   : 0014ee
   Unique ID   : 604652add


Thanks a lot guys!!

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Re: SSD Upgrade
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2019, 05:38:19 pm »
Okay, that Western Digital 1TB Hard Drive (WDC WD10JPVX-22JC3T0) is definitely a SATA drive, so there's no reason it can't be physically replaced with a SATA3 SSD.

You'll likely need to do a fresh install though .. you're not going to (easily) be able to clone a 1TB HDD to a 240GB SSD

It would also help if you could post the output from
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dmesg | grep -i sata | grep 'link up'
on your girlfriends laptop .. so we can hopefully see if it'll run the SSD at SATA3 speeds.
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Re: SSD Upgrade
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2019, 01:56:16 am »
Dear PCNetSpec,

Jeez, you're everywhere!! Thanks so much.

This is what I got:

[    1.678227] ata1: SATA link up 6.0 Gbps (SStatus 133 SControl 300)

If it's possible to physically replace it, a timeshift screenshot after installing the os won't work?? That's what you meant by fresh install?

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Re: SSD Upgrade
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2019, 02:37:38 am »
Hi Peewee_1985,

This is actually more a question for PCNetSpec regarding your issue. Is it not possible to shrink the 1TB HDD partition down to less than 240GB and then clone just that partition?  :-\

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Re: SSD Upgrade
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2019, 09:27:07 am »
PCNetSpec,

Jeez, you're everywhere!!

Yeah, a bit like Linux :))

This is what I got:

[    1.678227] ata1: SATA link up 6.0 Gbps (SStatus 133 SControl 300)

If it's possible to physically replace it, a timeshift screenshot after installing the os won't work?? That's what you meant by fresh install?

Best,

Well the good news is the SATA controller is SATA3 (6.0 Gbps), so you're definitely going to get the max performance benefit from an SSD :)

Timeshift - No, or at least no with the default timeshift settings (which doesn't backup everything). Cloning the drive (as Slim.Fatz suggests) MAY work .. theoretically it has an option for shrinking partitions, but I should add I've never got it to work properly :(

Cloning from a small source to a larger target is easy .. the other way around, not so much.

Again theoretically you could pre-shrink the partitions, then clone just the partitions, but you'd likely run into problems with changed partition UUID's (fixable, but a pain nonetheless).

A fresh install, then copying across any 'user' doc/pics/music/etc. is still probably the least painful option .. at least in my experience.
(at least where the new drive is smaller)
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Re: SSD Upgrade
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2019, 03:17:38 pm »
That's great!!

I'm not going to try cloning or whatever... I know my limits xd.

Fresh new install and that's it.

Thanks a lot, both of you.

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