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6. Repair Linux > 74. Migrate to a New Hard Drive

Migrate to a New Hard Drive

Move your complete system to a new hard drive.

Not only do hard drives hold your programs and data, but they fill up and run out of free space sooner than you would like. When this happens, it’s time to buy a larger hard drive and migrate the system. While there are many different ways to copy files from one hard drive to another, some work better than others when transferring the full / directory. This hack outlines a method to transfer full systems and partitions from one machine to another.

Why This Can Be Complicated

When you copy a full Linux system from one partition to another, there are a few issues you need to consider:

Preserve permissions

If your files aren’t owned by the same people and have the same permissions, your new system probably will not run as expected.


  

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