clone a drive

Maxime Alarie malarie at
Tue Oct 5 17:16:20 UTC 2010

-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-users-bounces at
[mailto:ubuntu-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Ash Wyllie
Sent: 05 October 2010 02:00
To: ubuntu-users at
Subject: clone a drive

Now that I have my laptop back, now I want to put a new larger drive in

Ideally, I would like to:  copy /dev/sda1 to /dev/sdb3
                           remove the 120GB drive
                           install a 250GB (or larger)
                           user the USB stick to formatand
                                        partition the new drive
                           copy /dev/sdb3 to /dev/sda1

Can that be done?

If not, how can I get my current set up to a new drive?

Maybe there is a better option, but  I would use rsync. This will
synchronize your 2 disks.  If there is an error, restarting  rsync will
resume the sync.

rsync -alvn for a dry run  (option n is for a dry run)

Remove the -n flag to sync when the dry run completed.

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