System clone/migration - is it necessary? If so how?

Graham Watkins at
Sun May 25 10:04:20 UTC 2008

Morning folks,

For some time now, I've been dual booting with Mandriva - my first real 
Linux love, but over time, I've come to prefer Ubuntu and the care and 
feeding of two operating systems is something I no longer care to bother 

I have two hard drives: the primary 80gb drive contains my Mandriva 2008 
setup which I intend to remove in the near future.  However it also 
contains the MBR used by GRUB. The secondary 120gb drive contains my 
Ubuntu 8.04 which I want to keep.

"Get to the point!" I hear you cry.  My question is this: can I easily 
migrate my Ubuntu installation to the primary drive without having to 
reconfigure everything in sight? This raises the further question of 
whether it actually needs to be done at all. Could I perhaps reformat 
the primary drive, reinstall GRUB and just carry on?  A third 
possibility that occurs is that of switching the drives round.

I favour the solution that involves success with the minimum of hassle.

Which do you guys think that would be?

Graham Watkins

"To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows
box, you just need to work on it."
SecurityFocus columnist Scott Granneman.

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