Thanks ofdfred - Perhaps you can point me in the direction to perform the UUID trick. I tried remastersys and I believe it failed due to /dev/sdb = usb as it never completed making the image. I needed to install the older version. I'll test this later from raring on an internal drive!
Originally Posted by oldfred
I tried clonezilla and it had to be started in other than normal mode I suppose do to incompatible graphics - it failed possibly because the source drive is a bit larger than destination. I'll test this later by cloning to a slightly larger drive.
I reverted to dd and it worked! After finishing the system booted just fine - performed some tests (first of which was updating grub) all passed EXCEPT gparted reports this a unallocated space. I suspect because of the identical UUIDs. GRUB2 works, system updated just fine using apt-get. I'm surprised that I can boot and run with the entire drive listed as unallocated. I'm posting this from this 'magic' system.
Once again loosing anything is not a concern no matter the outcome - this is my 'learning machine' I'm gaining experience.
Output of blkid, df -h, and fdisk -l commands:
/dev/sda1: UUID="b1d2880c-303a-4315-ac6b-d5f488ec47ac" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sda5: UUID="e1f6ce5b-a8f9-48c3-993b-1c957adc89f8" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sda6: UUID="c866f67a-f1e6-409e-b8fd-c39b845f081c" TYPE="swap"
pfeiffep@de:~$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 9.1G 3.3G 5.4G 39% /
none 4.0K 0 4.0K 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
udev 989M 8.0K 989M 1% /dev
tmpfs 201M 788K 201M 1% /run
none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
none 1005M 844K 1004M 1% /run/shm
none 100M 32K 100M 1% /run/user
/dev/sda5 23G 7.8G 14G 36% /home
pfeiffep@de:~$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders, total 78140160 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000f2db9
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 19648511 9823232 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 19650558 78241791 29295617 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 19650560 68476927 24413184 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 68478976 78241791 4881408 82 Linux swap / Solaris
Thanks to all for their input!