clone a drive

Liam Proven lproven at
Tue Oct 5 19:09:17 UTC 2010

On 5 October 2010 19:33, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
> On 10/05/2010 11:07 AM, Ash Wyllie wrote:
>> Now that I have my laptop back, now I want to put a new larger drive in it.
>> 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?
> Save yourself some time & trouble... Go & buy one of these (or similar):
> SATA/ IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter (about $20 USD)
> Plug the new drive into the adapter & then plug into your USB port.
> Check to make sure the drive is spinning up properly. Boot to a liveCD
> and use gparted to 'Copy' the old drive to the new drive. gparted 'Copy'
> will copy bit-for-bit. Once completed, install the new drive into the
> laptop & boot.
> Note: you can resize the new drive afterwards if you wish via the
> liveCD/gparted, or just leave as is & use the extra space for new
> partitions. You can also use the device to use the old drive as a USB
> drive for backup etc.

That is *exactly* what I was going to recommend, too.

The external cable things are very useful, too. It will probably not
be a one-off use.

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