Backup and restore onto different hard drive

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at
Thu Nov 26 07:14:11 GMT 2009

2009/11/26 Ryan Ralph <ryanralph1991 at>:
> Hi everyone,
> Was just wondering if someone could explain to me how the best way to go
> about backing up my setup at the moment.
> What I need to do is do is take a "ghost image" (windows term) of my 120gb
> hard drive that ubuntu is currently installed on and then restore it onto
> one of my newer 500gb drives.
> I was thinking that I could try using dd, copy the backup to one of the
> 500gb drives, then restore it to the other 500gb drive and resize the
> partition if required. This seems like it would be quite time consuming.
> Does anyone know a better way? If not could someone please explain what
> commands I would need to use for dd?

dd is a traditional method, but in recent years some better tools have
come out for this purpose. I'd recommend clonezilla.

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