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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2015, 11:05:46 am »
Great news .. well done, and thanks for the progress update :)
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2015, 10:06:08 am »
As a post script it is now possible to purchase 32GB ZG5 compatible Super Talent cards  for approx £27 and the 64 GB card for £38 although I might have purchased the last one!  The cards fit without any case modifications although some might struggle, as I did, to remove the zif cable block from the original SSD as the double sided medium used is very adhesive.

Before emabrking on an SSD / HDD replacement what is the best way to back up the Peppermint OS6 on the old SSD to be restored to the new SSD / HDD without having to reinstall OS6?
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2015, 01:37:18 pm »
That's handy info .. can you post a link to where you can get them please .. mine died a while back, but I'd like to rebuild it.
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2015, 02:35:08 pm »
Alas, they are now out of stock of both 64GB and 32GB cards but here's the link for the 16GB card at £23.17

https://www.memoryc.com/storage/ssd/16gb-supertalent-ssd-acer-aspire-one-netbook-pata-zif.html


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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2015, 04:08:57 pm »
TVM :)
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2015, 07:10:29 pm »
You're welcome.  Should I start a new topic re system preliminaries required prior to swapping out SSD?  I DD'd my 16GB SSD to a 16GB USB formatted ext4 and DD'd it back to the 64GB SSD using my OS6 boot stick.  Well, of course, that didn't work as the new SSD was not recognised by boot process.  So I ended up using Boot-repair to install a 1GB boot partition.  Now I can boot from the 64GB SSD but it is messy as I have two partitions 1GB and 63GB.  Clearly I didn't do enough homework in preparation! 
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2015, 09:29:27 pm »
Sounds like you just need to reinstall grub.

Do you know how to do this ? .. or would you like assistance ?

What's the output from:
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2015, 12:20:25 pm »
As you can see I made a right mess of this!

"Disk /dev/sda: 63.4 GB, 63350767616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7701 cylinders, total 123731968 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0005219f

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *     2050048   123731967    60840960   83  Linux
/dev/sda2            2048     2050047     1024000   83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order"

My starting point was an ext4 16GB USB DD image of the original SSD which I then DD'd to the Super Talent 64GB SSD - which incidentally is measurably faster.  If I should have used grub instead of Gparted and Boot Repair then a few steps would be very useful.  I should be able to research the detail.
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2015, 02:45:03 pm »
We could reinstall GRUB, but we'd also need to create a swap partition as there isn't one at the moment .. I take it /dev/sda2 is the boot partition you created, or was that meant to be swap ?

Can you post the output from:
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free -m
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2015, 03:11:15 pm »
Yes, it was the partition I created and looking at my other POS6 ZG5 /dev/sda1 is Boot - Linux, /dev/sda2 is Extended and /dev/sda5 is Linux Swap Solaris which I how I would have installed POS6.  I'm assuming then I will need a swap partition.  Both machines have RAM upgrades to 1.5Gb if that has any bearing.

$ mount
/dev/sda1 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
none on /sys/fs/cgroup type tmpfs (rw)
none on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
udev on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
tmpfs on /run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,size=10%,mode=0755)
none on /run/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=5242880)
none on /run/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
none on /run/user type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=104857600,mode=0755)
none on /sys/fs/pstore type pstore (rw)
systemd on /sys/fs/cgroup/systemd type cgroup (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,none,name=systemd)
gvfsd-fuse on /run/user/1000/gvfs type fuse.gvfsd-fuse (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=guest)

$ free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          1499        812        687         73         39        371
-/+ buffers/cache:        401       1098
Swap:            0          0          0
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2015, 04:28:45 pm »
Yeah You should really have a swap partition otherwise the system will crash when you run out of memory .. and you'll not be able to use hibernation.

How large is the /boot partition ?

What's the output from:
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Here's what I reckon should be the plan of action

a) boot to the LiveUSB and reinstall GRUB to properly point to the /dev/sda1 partition without the need for a separate /boot partition

b) boot to the LiveUSB and delete the /boot partition (/dev/sda2) .. though I'd like to know

c) resize /dev/sda1 to leave 2GB unpartitioned free space behind it

d) create a swap 1.5GB partition in that 2GB free space, leaving 500MB unpartitioned for overprovisioning.
(overprovisioning is empty space at the end of the SDD that can be used for failing block remapping)

e) set "swapon" to activate the swap partition.

f) set swappiness to something like 10

I know 2GB is  a lot to loose of a 64GB SSD, but really you should be setting aside around 7% (4.5G) of the drive for overprovisioning, and as a general rule of thumb around twice your RAM for swap (3GB).

Sound about right to you ?
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2015, 07:40:05 pm »
I created a partition of 1Gb as per whatever guidance I found at the time.  When I checked later only about 60Mb or so had been used.  Anyway this is the output from df -h

$ df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1        57G  7.4G   47G  14% /
none            4.0K     0  4.0K   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
udev            741M  8.0K  741M   1% /dev
tmpfs           150M  1.1M  149M   1% /run
none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
none            750M  400K  750M   1% /run/shm
none            100M  8.0K  100M   1% /run/user

I'm going to work through the steps at some point over the next three days and report back to share.
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #27 on: October 31, 2015, 12:51:56 pm »
Tried re-installing Grub from OS memory stick using install-grub to my SSD but got /boot not found.  I pressed on with Gparted and have moved the main partition to start at 2048.  The remaining 2GB has been partitioned into a 1.5GB swap and unallocated 512Mb as suggested.  I just need to set swappiness to 10.

The only problem I have now is that when I boot from my 64Gb SSD I get the GNU GRUB v2.02 menu which is a little disconcerting.  Is this related to the problem I encountered with  install-grub?
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #28 on: October 31, 2015, 07:16:58 pm »
No it's because you installed GRUB to the master boot record .. I thought that was what you wanted ?
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Re: Acer Aspire One AOA110L (a.k.a. zg5) - replace SSD with Hard Drive
« Reply #29 on: October 31, 2015, 08:21:29 pm »
When I used Boot Repair to get the ZG5 to boot from the new SSD I unwittingly installed Grub.  Should I have used install-mbr instead in this case?  Now that the SSD is correctly partitioned all I want to do is lose GNU GRUB menu on boot.
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