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

Florian Diesch diesch at
Sun May 25 21:14:55 UTC 2008

Graham Watkins < at> wrote:

> 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 
> with.
> 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?  

Yes. That's what I would do.

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