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grant123
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:56 pm    Post subject: Move laptop data to another laptop Reply with quote

How can I move the entire Gentoo install on one laptop to another identical laptop? I'd prefer to move it over instead of reinstalling. The laptops are Dell XPS 13 with SSDs.
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Tractor Girl
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Disk Cloning?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since the disk cloning page gives the top spot to dd, I must point out that using dd on an SSD is a poor choice because it will write to every sector, causing the drive firmware to consider the entire disk as used and therefore do extra work preserving free sectors.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can copy your Filesystem with rsync.
Boot the second notebook by a live system, configure your network and copy your partition table from the first system via ssh. Sync your Filesystem with rsync and exclude (--exclude=) /dev /proc /sys /tmp. Chroot your second notebook and do the needed changes like fstab UUID, predict. net names, and your boot loader.
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