Originally Posted by st8ofmi9d
I received this drive and now I want to install it. What's the best way to transfer the data? (Running Ubuntu) Can I mirror directly to a SD card or USB drive, boot off the SD card or USB drive and then mirror to the new SSD
? If I can't boot off the mirror of the drive, can I boot off a ubuntu USB startup drive and then copy the mirror from a SD card or USB disk to the new SSD
? Which mirroring software should I use?
When I get a new drive, I like starting with a fresh install. So, I backup "/home" off the old drive. Then I install fresh on the new drive, and then copy over select files and directories from the backup of "/home". "apt-get" or any other package manager makes it pretty easy to reinstall any programs.
I might generate a drive image too, but only as a last-resort backup. To generate a drive image, here's the general procedure that I
'd use. First, boot off a Linux LiveCD or LiveUSB. Then generate a drive image using a terminal command like "sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=/media/external/drive.img" (I'm assuming a USB hard drive is mounted at "/media/external").
In theory, you could save the image file to the same drive that you booted off, but LiveCD/USB systems generally won't have that ability.