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    Default BT5r1 HDD to SSD migration

    I have a Windows 7/BT5r1 dual boot setup and have just installed an SSD to replace my HDD. I used Paragon Disk Manager to handle the Windows migration and it was absolutely painless and fast--the first time I can remember not cussing when attempting similar operations. Is there a software tool that can handle this for Backtrack/Linux? If not, is there a way to accomplish this or would it be just easier to do a fresh install? I hate doing a fresh install as I will lose the modifications I've done, many I don't even remember what I did.

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    Default Re: BT5r1 HDD to SSD migration

    How about if I do a fresh install so I get the proper partitions, format, and Grub install then use a live CD to copy all the files and folders from my original HDD installation, overwriting the new SSD installation?

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    Default Re: BT5r1 HDD to SSD migration

    Paragon has linux version...But you can use "dd" command in terminal. This is the command sometimes I use when need it.
    It is very powerfull, and can copy mbr boot record, raw data, complete disk, etc....Read here:

    Sometimes I use the command in my debian:

    dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb (Copy an entire disk sda to another sdb)
    dd if=/dev/sda of=~/my_hdd.img (you create an image of hard disk hda) and placed in home directory "~" with the name my_hdd.img)
    to restore the image: dd if=my_hdd.img of=/dev/sdb
    dd if=/dev/hda1 of=~/my_partition.img (You backup a partition sda1 to an image called my_partition)
    dd if=/dev/cdrom of=~/cdrom.iso (Image of cdrom)
    And much much more....Please refer to the dd wiki or author's webpage...

    "if" = Input File
    "of"= Output File
    The rest is the path in "of="..

    Need to know if installed, if not, try aptitude show dd and see if it is in repos...If not, download it and install it.

    Hope it helps...

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