migrating data

Brian McKee brian.mckee at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 21:48:26 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 9:54 AM, Kim Cascone <kim at anechoicmedia.com> wrote:
> I'm upgrading my internal hard drive to a larger one
> and need to make an image of the entire hard drive
> what is the best method for migrating data
> i.e. making an image of an entire drive and restoring it to a larger
> drive?

Hi Kim

That's a fairly common question around here - you might want to look
at the archives for more comments.

Commonly recommended programs include clonezilla (with or without the
live cd), partimage, the System Rescue CD and mondoarchive.

Many new drives come with software that handle linux fine (since those
programs often run linux :-)
The Ultimate Boot CD comes with an assortment of those kinds of
programs - you usually have to match the brand of your drive to the
software since they lock them down (for no good reason I can see) -
e.g. the Samsung program only works with a Samsung drive.

Commercial products like Acronis and Ghost usually work fine too if
you already own them, but certainly aren't required.

You could even use good old 'dd' and adjust the partition and file
system sizes after you are done, although that's getting a bit geeky.

Does that help?


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