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

Will Siddall will.siddall at gmail.com
Sun Jul 26 14:17:21 EDT 2009

That's what I wanted to do, but since I'm working in a laptop, I can
only have one drive in at a time, which is making things really labour

1 question I do have is if I dd the entire disk (parition table and
all) then reapply to a larger disk, would that keep everything intact
or am I gonna run into the same problem?

On Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 6:12 PM, Dan McGee<dpmcgee at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> -Dan

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