[arch-general] Re-install of Arch on a larger drive

Trey Sizemore trey at fastmail.fm
Sat Mar 17 22:40:33 UTC 2018

On Sat, 2018-03-17 at 23:24 +0100, Jens John wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 17, 2018 at 05:25:36PM -0400, Trey Sizemore via arch-
> general wrote:
> > anything else I could do to make the process fast and as close to
> > the 
> > current install as possible?
> Yes. Do not reinstall but migrate your file system contents 1:1 to
> the 
> new disk using rsync. The advantage is that the file system contents
> and 
> therefore system configuration stay the same and you don't have to
> waste 
> time putting stuff together afterwards.
> I used/recommend a procedure similar to [1]. The principle is
> basically 
> the same as a reinstall but instead of bootstrapping from a bare
> bones 
> system you substitute your existing file systems. I don't see any 
> benefit of doing it differently unless your existing install is
> broken 
> in some way.
> The most time was taken up by copying 512G of file system contents
> over 
> a SATA<>USB3 bridge to the new SSD. If you can put both the old and
> the 
> new drive on a SATA bus, you'll be done in no time.
> [1] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/migrate_installation_to_new_
> hardware#Top_to_Bottom

Thanks Jens.  But does the fact that I'm going from a 250GB to 500GB
(and different partition sized) complicate this procedure?

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