Re: cloning hard disk
On Monday 14 February 2005 11:54 am, you wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 13, 2005 at 09:12:35PM -0700, Allasso Travesser wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I would like to clone my Debian Woody system onto a second larger hard
> > disk. It seems to me that it would just be a matter of cleaning off the
> > second disk, partioning using fdisk, and then running:
> > dd if=/dev/hdc of=/dev/hda
> > where hdc is the drive from which I am copying my current system, and hda
> > is the drive I want to put this system on.
> That only works properly if hdc and hda are identical in size and
> geometry. Similarly with partitions: dd if=/dev/hdc2 of=/dev/hda2 is
> only sensible if the partitions are identical in size. I'd be doing
> something like this:
> (boot off hdc)
> # cfdisk /dev/hda
> (set up partitions)
> # mke2fs /dev/hda2
> # mount /dev/hda2 /mnt
> # cd /
> # for x in `ls -1 / | grep -v mnt`; do cp -a /$x /mnt; done
> Other people have their own favourite recipes involving tar and/or
> cpio which will be in the list archives somewhere.
> BTW your partitioning scheme could do with a little modification -
> it's customary to make the swap partition the first partition on the
> disk, not the last, as access to the outer part of a disk is faster.
My understanding has been that the first partition has to be the boot
partition. Am I understanding you correctly, that you are saying that
hdx1 would be the swap partition?