I have a Sony Vaio running Windows 8 that came with a 750GB HDD. I have a 250 GB SSD that I want to use in this laptop instead.
I always use Clonzilla to clone drives. However, it does not allow you to clone a larger drive over to a smaller one. So I need to shrink down the main partition. I put the HDD into a USB enclosure and connected it to a laptop running Puppy Linux.
I started up GParted and set it to resize the NTFS partition (dev/sdb5) from 671 GB down to 190 GB. However, it's now about 10 hours later and the operation is still in progress. I have never had a resize take anywhere near as long as this.
It's odd b/c GParted runs a simulated read-only test first before it resizes and that one ran successfully in a very short period of time.
Should I keep waiting or cancel this and try again? When I click on Cancel I get a warning that says, "canceling an operation might cause severe file system damage."
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