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How to clone an Arch Linux installation

This also works to install Arch on a disk that is to become the system disk of another computer. This is briefly described here, but there are some additional caveats as well as shortcuts if you already have a comparable system. To make best use of this, you need an internal or external enclosure in which you can attach a bare hard disk to your computer (otherwise, you would have to temporarily build the new system disk into your existing computer). This is how I have repeatedly created new Arch Linux installations both at work and at home.

To avoid confusion farther on, let me give names to the three systems involved:

The three systems need not all be different -- for example, the template system could be the same as the host system. The template system may not exist at all, if you want to create a new installation rather than clone one. The host system has to be able to run software on the target system, but otherwise need not be the same CPU architecture -- for example, it may be an x86_64 system when you want to create an i686 system.

I will assume you have already partitioned the target disk and created a file system on the system partition. Then you proceed as follows.

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