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Re: [vox-tech] Cloning a drive?

Reiser and EXT3 aren't too different for what you're trying to do, so just
make EXT3 on the new hard drive and make the layout like the reiser and
you'll be fine. (If you had a VFAT and wanted to transfer to EXT3, that'd
be a problem, but UNIX partitions in general are cross-transferrable
without [much] difficulty.)

The newer versions of LILO supports partition labels, but I don't think
Debian uses it by default so you probably won't have to worry about

Good luck! =)


On Sat, 19 Jun 2004, Paul wrote:

> Details I didn't know to mention:-)
> 10G is Debian(unstable) on a one partition(/) reiser filesystem.
> 20G is empty and I would like to use EXT3 if its not too hard to do
> I use lilo.
> I have disk caddies for hda and hdc so swapping is easy
> I'm comfortable with command line
> Mark K. Kim wrote:
> > On Sat, 19 Jun 2004, Paul wrote:
> >
> >
> >>I need to move my desktop from a (full) 10G drive to a (spare) 20G drive.
> >>
> >>The ideal results would be copy everything over, then run lilo on the
> >>new drive, then it would boot up looking just like the old one.
> >
> >
> > Nah... it doesn't work like that... unfortunately.
> >
> snip
> >
> > 1. Assuming you still have the 10G hard drives on your computer, put the
> > 20G in it.  Take off a CDROM drive if you don't have a spare connection or
> > space -- you'll be able to put it back in later.  Boot off of the 10G as
> > you normally do.
> >
> > 2. After boot, as root, make partitions on the 20G drive using `cfdisk`.
> > Format each partition using the proper program (mkfs.ext3 for EXT3, mkswap
> > for Linux swap partitions, mkfs.vfat for VFAT partitions, etc.)  Notes:
> >
> snip
> Would it be better to Knoppix so that neither disk is in use?
> >
> > 3. Run `cp -a` to copy over all the files from the 10G to 20G, one
> > partition at a time.  Notes:
> Bingo! will 'cp -a' copy "everything" keeping links, symlinks and other
> stuff intact? The man page didn't go into a lot of details.
> >
> snip
> >
> > 4. Make a bootdisk using `mkboot` (no arguments).  Just in case, prepare a
> > bootable Linux CD, like Knoppix.
> >
> > 5. Turn off the computer.  Take the 10G out, and move to 20G to where the
> > 10G was.  Reboot with the bootdisk or a bootable Linux CD.  If you boot
> > with a bootable Linux CD, after booting, run `chroot <20G's root
> > partition>`.
> >
> > 6. After you boot successfully, run `lilo`.  If you use Grub instead of
> > Lilo, run `grub-install` (I think.)
> >
> Sounds very doable
> >
> >>What are the things that can go wrong?
> >
> >
> > Keep your 10G hard drive and don't write over it for about a month before
> > you do anything.  If you discover that something didn't copy over, you can
> > copy it over from the 10G drive.
> >
> > -Mark
> >
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