[arch-general] how to migrate installs between hard drives?

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Sun Jul 26 14:12:03 EDT 2009

On Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 1:06 PM, Will Siddall<will.siddall at gmail.com> wrote:
> I know this isn't particularly an arch question, but I know Arch
> people are better off to ask then most.
> I'm in the process of upgrading my hard drive in my laptop but with
> the amounts of customizations I've done to my setup, I don't want to
> have to set it all up again.
> I know about running dd to copy the partition information, but the
> problem with that is that it also copies that partition information
> over.  So, if I copy my root partition that started as a 40G partition
> with 90% used and now I have a 60G parition, the used portion will be
> kept at 90% so, it'll show something like 50G of data... which doesn't
> make sense.

What about a dd followed by using parted/gparted or whatever to resize
things as necessary? They have a good LiveCD too that you should be
able to use to get things copied and then resized.

I think gparted even has built in support for copying partitions; not
sure if it can do it across drives.


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