I have a Linux Mint hard drive, from a dead computer, in an enclosure that I want to clone to another external hard drive.

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    Yes you can. There are lots of good questions here about cloning drives. Have you looked at those? Jun 14, 2019 at 18:13

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Assuming the computer isn't dead because of the drive, dd will do what you need.

dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb

if = source disk
of = target disk

Do you want to simply recover your home directory or would you like to copy the entire drive to another drive? Assuming that the drive in the enclosure isn't damaged I believe you could simply transfer it into a new enclosure. but otherwise you would need a way to connect both drives to a machine and copy the contents from one drive to the other. I'm not 100% but I believe dd can get the job done, but don't quote me on that.

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