So much for "easy" I (finally) got rsync to copy, and after a few iterations, I get to a boot sequence only to fail with a message
unable to find root partition, sleeping for ever, which considering the time I think I'll take the hint and try again tomorrow
The command I used was rsync -avHx --delete source destination
I edited the fstab and updated the UUID to the values reported from ls -l /dev/disks/by-uuid taked from usb key
when that didn't work I tried to state by device /dev/sda1 /boot & /dev/sda2 / etc.
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Originally Posted by DrHappyAngry
Well if you're planning on booting from that other drive you'll need to edit the fstab in the new install, as well as install the bootloader to that drive. I think it's just "grub-instal /dev/sdX" where sdX is the drive you want to install to. To find the UUID of the new partitions on the new drive run "blkid" and change the uuid for / to the one you got from blkid.
the "new" drive already has grub loaded, like I said both disks boot, I just wanted to take a fully configured system disk and copy it to the new ssd drive.