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Re: Replacing hda - Easiest Way?

On Monday 04 August 2008 21:52, Scarletdown wrote:
> I'm going to be upgrading my primary hard drive (80GB) with a new 500GB
> drive today.  The old drive has 7 assorted partitions on it:
> /dev/hda1 - /
> /dev/hda5 - /tmp
> /dev/hda6 - /root
> /dev/hda7 - /opt
> /dev/hda8 - /var
> /dev/hda9 - /usr
> /dev/hda10 - /workspace
> So, what would be the easiest way to transfer everything from the old
> drive to the new one?  I remember from previous experience that just
> doing a straight up copy from one to the other didn't work.  I need to
> copy and
> 1:  keep all permissions intact
> 2:  Copy my boot loader from the old drive to the new one
> (unfortunately, I can't remember if GRUB went on the mbr or on the boot
> record of the first partition)

I like to use cfdisk to play with partitions. It's in the gpart package.

Consider using LVM2 for this. It makes life better. Read the LVM HOWTO in 
http://tldp.org . Leave the /boot outside of LVM.

Do you really need all those different filesystems?

For copying files, instead of cp, use rsync -axhP .

Shachar Or | שחר אור

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