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    Drive Cloning

    I am going to be moving to a larger drive shortly. I have read plenty about how to do this (simple enough use dd).

    I understand that after the cloning process is done, I will need to disconnect the old drive or grub is going to get confused with identical UUIDs.

    But if right after the cloning process is done...

    If I were to run the program "boot repair", would it recognize the issue and change the UUIDs in /etc/fstab and /boot/grub/grub.cfg so that both drives could be still be installed at the same time?
    Last edited by iowabeakster; November 23rd, 2012 at 06:42 AM.
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    Re: Drive Cloning

    Wouldn't that be sweet.

    Not that hard to manually change uuid, but click and go. I love the idea.

    Why don't you post the idea in his thread and see what happens?

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1769482

    Also, nothing wrong with DD but have you checked out clonezilla?

    http://clonezilla.org/

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    Re: Drive Cloning

    Thanks for the response.

    Yes, as I have been reading up on the process of disk cloning, I have seen Clonezilla in numerous discussions.

    But it didn't seem to do anything other than what dd does (at least for what I was doing). Since I would be doing all this cloning business from a "live usb" drive, and I want to change UUIDs afterward, I should probably do it from an Ubuntu Live usb. I only have 1 usb thumb drive. An ubuntu live usb would allow me the use of dd, gparted, and hopefully boot-repair also, all from the same usb drive at the same time.

    I would use Clonezilla... if it had the option to change UUIDs after the cloning is complete.

    I will post my question on the boot-repair thread... right now...
    Last edited by iowabeakster; November 23rd, 2012 at 05:02 PM.
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    Re: Drive Cloning

    I posted a response in the Boot-Repair thread, wish I posted here. But will not move it now unless you want it moved.

    I also am not a fan of dd.

    Powerful command, but often misused and then nicknamed "dd" Data Destroyer
    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ommand-362506/

    from caljohnsmith post #7
    I would recommend using "dcfldd", which is basically dd with more features; it has the really useful feature of showing the copying progress
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1033712
    http://www.anti-forensics.com/disk-wiping-with-dcfldd
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Drive Cloning

    Yep, I read your comments in the boot-repair thread, also.

    Thanks guys. I really appreciate the advice.

    I am now reconsidering my options.
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