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I have two harddisks, one big and one small. Linux is installed on the small one. Windows is on the big one.
I want to move Linux to the big HD, and I wonder if there is a way to move my current installation from the small disk to the big disk ( just copy the entire filesystem ) and be able to boot from it ( maybe by changing grub.conf and fstab ). That way I don't have to reinstall och configure everything again.
Would it work to just copy the entire filesystem to the big disk, install grub, change some config files which deals with HD numbers, and boot from the big one?
command "dd" is what u want but it takes some configuring and planning if you not familiar with linux as i gues.
DONT you just erease your windows partition or something.
if it fails you must know how to recover with a rescue cd etc.
just reinstall on the other part is then the best option.
"Just copying never works with all OS"
Linux is good but no wizard
Actually, just a straight copy should work just fine if you perform the copy running under a resuce disk. Copying a currently-running system will leave you with stale lock files and other garbage, but booting into a rescue disk and dd'ing one drive to another should work well enough, especially if the drives are the same size.
Actually, everything went just fine. I used nothing else but cp, and then reinstalled grub.
I had to fiddle a little after removing hdd, but it wasn't so bad.
I did the stupidest thing however: I forgot to make a swap partition. I'll have to try to resize my current partition with parted and make room for a new swap... parted however, says something like: "The filesystem contains a feature not supported" or something similar...