Re: Transplanting old System to New Drive
With the rsync command you should use an exclude-file (see --exclude option)
containing a list of directories and files not to be transferred like
etc (see rsync manual).
After transferring the files you may have to adapt files like /etc/fstab and the
configuration file for your boot-loader. Depending on your boot-loader you have
to install a new mbr (using grub-install or lilo with options like
"--boot-directory=DIR /dev/hdb", e.g., for grub).