How can I can clone or ghost my Ubuntu System drive to restore it to a bigger HD? Something like Norton Ghost does with NTFS or FAT on Windows.


Clonezilla is the closest free option to Ghost.

The underlying tools it uses, partimage and ntfsclone, understand the underlying filesystem. So unlike a simple low-level copy (dd) which copies all bytes, they only copy the used space on the filesystem and its metadata. This results in a much smaller disk image.

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  • Do you mean like. If i have 40GB disk, and my system is using 10GB and 30GB is free. while using dd it will write 40GB to given usb/dvd/cd? Or it will only write 10GB? – user25165 Nov 16 '11 at 16:21

If you want to move your data to a new harddrive, the Simple Backup Suite can make it very easy for you. Just backup your data, then install Ubuntu onto the new hard-drive and restore from your backup.

If what you really want is a perfect transfer of data from your old harddrive to your new one, you can use the "dd" command-line tool to easily transfer the data. There's a great discussion of this technique on Server Fault.

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  • The stability and reliability of this package is questionable. As of 6/14/2011 there were 48 open bugs and little sign of development. A second bug reporting site shows signs of development. (signs are dead in the second site as well) – brasofilo Nov 18 '13 at 16:40

I was half way through a response when I found this page mirror.

The classical unix way is a tool called "dd". The page explains how to use it.

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  • I just took a look at the SimpleBackupSuite that Ryan mentioned, it looks pretty awesome actually. – Jeremy Oct 13 '10 at 12:25

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