cloning drive

D. Michael McIntyre michael.mcintyre at
Thu Jul 5 16:51:58 BST 2007

On Thursday 05 July 2007, Greg Booth wrote:
> Anyway with Linux you can copy files using cp and get the whole
> operating system without having to worry about weird things like
> registry files. It will look SOMETHING like this ( anyone else, please
> jump in here I've never done this )
> sudo cp -R -P -p / <destination

I've moved existing installations into new, bigger hard drives lots of times.  
I always use "cp -a" to do the copying.

I don't know of a friendly, graphical way to do this.  I followed this the 
first time I had to solve this problem:

I do some variation on that now, but I honestly can't remember how I do it.  I 
finally bought hard drives huge enough I haven't had to move in a long time.

The main stupid thing to watch out for is recursion.  If you're copying / from 
here to /mnt/new_root then it's going to go nuts trying to make two copies of 
everything on the new hard drive (one under /mnt/new_root and one 
under /mnt/new_root/mnt/new_root.)

D. Michael McIntyre 

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