How to Clone a Linux Hard Drive with GParted

I have Debian installed on my computer. And I want to clone the installation on another drive and continue using it from there. What should I do? Can I clone a Linux hard drive with GParted?

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Melissa Lee· Answered on Jan 18, 2023

Yes, you can clone a Linux hard drive with GParted. And the operation is not as difficult as you thought. Just follow the steps below and it will be done.

Step 1. Find the drive you wish to copy(source hard drive) from the menu in the upper right-hand corner of the Gparted tool and select it.

Step 2. Locate the partition on the source drive in which you wish to copy to the secondary hard drive (destination hard drive). Then, right-click on the partition to reveal the menu.

Step 3. Look for and select Copy to confirm that you want to copy the partition. Then go back to the menu in the upper right-hand part of the app and choose the destination hard drive.

Step 4. After loading the destination hard drive in Gparted, right-click on any space to bring up the menu and click Paste to copy the partition over.

Step 5. Then, click the green checkmark icon to apply the transfer to the new drive. When all hard drive partitions are done copying in Gparted, reboot your Linux PC.

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