transferring linux system to another hard drive

Dawes, Stephen Stephen.Dawes at
Thu Dec 6 09:37:18 EST 2001

My friend that has done this successfully has done it between 2 drives
of the same size, as well as the new drive bigger then the original

Steve Dawes
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-----Original Message-----
From: Adam Myrow [mailto:myrow at]
Sent: 2001 December 05 7:16 PM
To: speakup at
Subject: RE: transferring linux system to another hard drive

I tried that once, and dd bombed saying that the maximum file size of
had been reached.  Of course, I was copying to a file first, because I 
didn't trust writing directly to another partition like that.  Does that

get around the 2GB limit?  Also, doesn't writing the image of a disk on 
another make the second drive think it's the same size as the first?

I've copied manually, an entire Linux filesystem several times as I 
experimented, and it can be done with a bit of effort.  Also, parted
under Linux and can copy DOS or Windows partitions across from one drive
another and set the size on the new drive correctly.

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