There are programs available (Clonezilla, etc.) that will do an exact copy of your present installation on your new drive. The operative word here is exact
. You will have a whole drive installation just as you have now.
If you want to specify partitions, you must do a fresh install. Your live CD will work just fine with a new hard drive, but, if you do a little work, you can create a live DVD copy of your current install that will boot and install just like the original Mint live CD.
First,open a terminal and enter:
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sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
to acess the source list for Synaptic.
Second, go to this site: http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/ubuntu.htmll
. Copy the entry for "Hardy and Newer" version 2.0.12-1 and paste it in at the bottom of the sources list.
Third, open Synaptic Package Manager and click reload. Once the reload is done. browse to the "System" entry at the end of the list in the left window. Click on "System" and remastersys should appear in the Package window. Click on it and mark for install along with all dependencies. Click the green check mark and Remastersys will be installed to Administration in mintMenu.
Launch Remastersys Backup and select "CustomBackup.iso" from the menu. Click okay and remastersys will take a snapshot of your present install and create a .iso file in /home/remastersys/remastersys. It will also generate an md5 sum for the .iso in /home/remastersys/remastersys/custombackup.isomd5sum.txt. Launch your favorite dvd burner (with the ability to burn a .iso to disk, I prefer K3B to brasero) and create your live DVD (the full installation including personal data will be too large for a CD).
Remove the DVD (of course you should check the md5 sum after each step to ensure the disk is good), replace your old drive with the new one, replace the DVD in the drive and boot it just like you would with the Mint live CD. You will be presented with a menu of possible actions. Choose the one you want and hit "Enter" and proceed with the installation. The remastersys DVD includes all the functions of the Mint CD including the ability to specify partitions. You will be able to set up your new drive just the way you want.