I have a full system installed on my PC. (Arch Linux on a laptop)
I need to test, edit, tweak this system (bootloader too) in a safe way because it is my workstation.
Is there a way to easily** clone/replicate the current system into a VM (I usually use
gnome-boxes but software used doesn't matter)
** easy means: time needed to convert physical installed into virtual is less than install a VM from scratch
EDIT: As I guess and @Terence state, I need to copy the entire disk somewhere. The source disk is a 256GB SSD but I do not have any other medium large enough in which clone it entirely.
Is there a way to clone only the mandatory partitions (in my case: boot/EFI and root) roughly 50GB and the bootloader, while leaving behind others (home and swap) for the remaining 200GB?
In this case I will clone them in my $HOME directly!