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How to make a complete operating system backup of Ubuntu without anything missing, to switch it to a different hard drive?

A complete personal usable backup without using untrusted software, exactly like original.

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Use Remastersys.

Manual Method: Check this and this. It will give you idea about manual method to do the same. However those page are bit too old and are not updated for current version of ubuntu.

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This can be done with the help of remastersys
Download the following files


  3. And as per architecture i.e 32 or 64 bit
    32 bit =>
    64 bit =>

Then go to folder where you downloaded them
cd /path/to/folder/

Then install them
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

It will install some other packages too.

Run the software through dash. Rest on how to use it can be found here

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