I'm trying to migrate a laptop's HDD to another HDD. I'm trying to find a way to use Ubuntu Live USB with persistence and run tools such as this! I tried disc copy bootable linux distro, didn't work. Any help would be great!

  • Do you need all the system settings and partitions or just the data and application settings?
    – cprofitt
    Mar 28, 2012 at 17:19
  • need everything, upgrading to a bigger hdd. i want it to be bootable and everything.
    – Alex
    Mar 28, 2012 at 17:29
  • I have had success with Mondo Rescue but it was a few years ago and I can't recall the details. It worked well though and I cloned a bunch of servers that are still in production use now with it mondorescue.org. Mar 28, 2012 at 20:52

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I would use a usb to Sata or IDE adapter, a live CD and hook up the old HD to the new computer via the adapter.

Then you should be able to run the following command in a terminal window:

dd if=[olddisk] of=[newdisk]

Note that you will need to determine what the path is to the old and new disk...

The new one will most likely be /dev/sda... the way to determine that with a GUI is to use 'Disk Utility' and look under the 'device' area.

Depending on the size of your disk this can take quite a while.

You could also give Clonezilla or Partimage a try.

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