[linux] Hard drive partitions porting???

Brian C. Parkhurst brianp at u.washington.edu
Wed Oct 20 08:56:14 PDT 2004

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Another option?

Boot the system with new drive and old drive via a knoppix CD. This
avoids file access problems when working with active filesystems.

You should then partition the new drive the way you want.
Then tar each partition in turn from old to new.

You could then
Chroot into the new drive filesystem and
grub install a new boot partition onto the new drive...

Brian C. Parkhurst
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- -----Original Message-----
From: linux-bounces at mailman.u.washington.edu
[mailto:linux-bounces at mailman.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Garrett
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 5:46 PM
To: merritt at u.washington.edu; Linux/Unix Users Group at the UW
Subject: Re: [linux] Hard drive partitions porting???

Heh, I suppose. I guess I just was thinking of an automated
for the whole entire thing, but now that you mention it, it really
doesn't make sense in a physical respect on the disk itself. Besides,
the MBR and the Boot Records would most likely be funky.
- -Garrett

Ethan Merritt wrote:

>On Wednesday 20 October 2004 12:36 am, Garrett Cooper wrote:



>> I was just curious if it's possible and if anyone has tried

>> porting an entire drive over via DD for instance

>> and changing the partitioning scheme somewhat in order for a

>> smaller set of partitions to accomodate a larger drive.



>I tried it. It doesn't work.

>Also, in retrospect it was not a good idea even if it had worked.




>> but just curious since some files and so forth are sort of a

>> pain to copy

>> (some symlinks, lost+found, etc).




>symlinks? Why would those be any sort of problem.

>lost+found: makes no sense to copy.


>Much better idea:

>1) Format new disk, with new partition layout

>2) Tar entire old partition through a pipe to the new partition,

> preserved files attributes, timestamps, etc.

>3) Repeat for other partitions



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