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Changing Linux Harddrive without having to reinstall?

ms2000 1,315 32 April 22, 2016 at 08:42 PM
I have a laptop with Linux (Win XP by way of VM).

I need to change the hard drive - what software is reliable to clone (?) and put it in another hard drive and then swap them out?

Never done this before - so appreciate some detailed info.

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If you're a serious Linux hacker, you'd connect the new drive and copy the original to it using the dd or cpio core utilities/commands.
If you prefer a GUI-like solution, I'd recommend Clonezilla [clonezilla.org]
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I can recommend CloneZilla too. Other cloning software can be had but CloneZilla is my choice if "Free" is a requirement.
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What they said, and the instructions here are pretty good.

http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live-doc.php
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Which version of CloneZilla works?
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I burned Clonezilla to a CD and I have a portable USB CD/DVD player

My Asus X401a - currently boots on Ubuntu - in BIOS it does not have option to set the boot order to USB.

I am lost! Any helps
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Does pressing escape do anything? I see this. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum...1a-windows

Looks like this might be the one you should download.
AMD64 version of alternative (Ubuntu-based)
http://clonezilla.org/downloads/d...lternative
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Does pressing escape do anything? I see this. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum...1a-windows

Looks like this might be the one you should download.
AMD64 version of alternative (Ubuntu-based)
http://clonezilla.org/downloads/d...lternative
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I will give it a shot
You're changing the hard drive anyway, so just remove the drive. Hook the old drive and the new drive to a different computer and clone it.
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You're changing the hard drive anyway, so just remove the drive. Hook the old drive and the new drive to a different computer and clone it.
If I use Win 7, there is no need to boot from the CloneZilla Live CD right - do I need to install CloneZilla on Win 7?

Secondly I have Macrium installed on Win 7 - Can it clone Linux HD?
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If I use Win 7, there is no need to boot from the CloneZilla Live CD right - do I need to install CloneZilla on Win 7?

Secondly I have Macrium installed on Win 7 - Can it clone Linux HD?
There are lots of programs that will work in windows. Macrium, Arconis, Easeus can all clone a drive regardless of OS. You may have some different options for how you clone it, some might not copy the boot loader, but that's easy enough to fix.
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Does pressing escape do anything? I see this. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum...1a-windows

Looks like this might be the one you should download.
AMD64 version of alternative (Ubuntu-based)
http://clonezilla.org/downloads/d...lternative
Pressing ESC worked - but it gave me 2 options - one with UFEI and the other without UFEI

Which one should I be using?
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Pressing ESC worked - but it gave me 2 options - one with UFEI and the other without UFEI

Which one should I be using?
UEFI is basically the modern version of the BIOS. Without a more complete description of the options you were show it's hard to say. I don't see any harm in trying either option
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UEFI is basically the modern version of the BIOS. Without a more complete description of the options you were show it's hard to say. I don't see any harm in trying either option
UFEI was simply inserted in front of the USB drive - so one with it and the other without
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Clonezilla was very fast - but unsure it is because I used UEFI as per the earlier post - it would not boot - it was giving "ubuntu (drive not present)" error.

Solution seems to edit a file - but ext2explore does not see the file:
http://askubuntu.com/questions/17...sent-error
http://askubuntu.com/questions/35...ror-in-efi

Macrium took two hours but cloned it identically & it booted fine - but there were left over hard disk space. There was a way to fix this within Macrium but for the middle partition (ext2..), the Macrium options were greyed out. Once Macrium was used on the hard drive Clonezilla did not do it to the level of original time - it just did not like it.

So i installed Win 7 again - one motivation was to reformat. Originally, I was getting BSOD due to the camera - replacing the webcam did not resolve the issue - that is why went to Ubuntu. So far no BSOD - fresh install with Ultimate instead of Home.

I realized that I can use gparted to resize the partition - but there were 3 partitions created by Ubuntu - 500MB Fat32, Ext2 (? the linux type) and there is an unused space of 3.88 GB on my SSD hard drive - what is this unused space for? Lack of this understanding, I am unsure which partition should better grow depending on the hard disk space? Also which folders do u back up to preserve your data on Linux?
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