My current hard drive has an 80 GB NTFS partition running Windows (
/dev/sda1) in addition to several Linux partitions. I purchased a new hard drive and want to move my Windows 8 partition to a new NTFS partition (
size(/dev/sdb1) >= size(/dev/sda1). Are there any pitfalls to simply running this
dd command from within my Linux distribution running on
dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/dev/sdb1 bs=32M
- My Windows partition isn't currently mounted in Linux
- I don't need to fix the MBR, because when I reinstall Linux on the new drive, GRUB2 will overwrite it anyway.
- I know there are other options for performing this, like Clonezille, GParted, Acronis, Norton Ghost, Drive Image XML, ntfsclone, etc. but a single command seems the simplest and
ddis highly versatile.