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Re: Moving Debian installation to another partition.

Thanks for reply..

well, I'm not planning to touch MBR, GRUB, or whatever, my main goal at this stage is to move Debian system from one partition to another safely,  without issues.
Also, second question raised, after moving Debian to another partition (thus moving menu.lst), won't GRUB fail to load? Will 'update-grub' be enough, or will I need to reinstall it?


On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 1:46 AM, Greg Madden <gomadtroll@gci.net> wrote:

On Saturday 09 October 2010 11:26:53 Roman Khomasuridze wrote:
> Hello kind people.
> The story is, that I want to install FreeBSD on my computer, but
> unfortunately i don't have spare primary partition (only logical one), and
> as freBSD documentation says, I can only install it on primary partition,
> so I'm thinking to move my current Debian installatin from primary partiion
> to logical one.
> here is my fdisk -l
> /dev/sda1   *           1        2610    20964793+   7  HPFS/NTFS
> /dev/sda2            2611        3656     8401995   83  Linux
> /dev/sda3            3657        3899     1951897+  82  Linux swap /
> Solaris /dev/sda4            3900       38913   281249924+   5  Extended
> /dev/sda5            3900        4872     7815591   83  Linux
> /dev/sda6            4873       38913   273434301   83  Linux
> Debian is on dev/sda2, i'm moving it to /dev/sda5
> After some research and thinking(!), my plan is to do following steps:
> 1. mount /dev/sda5 /mnt
> 2. cp -ax /* /mnt
> 3. modify /mnt/boot/grub/menu.lst
> 4. modify /mnt/etc/fstab
> So, am I missing something? Will these four steps be enough?
> My current Debian install is approx 2 years old, and I don't want to screw
> it up.
> Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance!!

I have managed grub and mbr for dual boots of Debian, have not used the -ax'
method for moving an install.

Have a plan for managing grub, changing grub.menu.lst  you will still need
to 'update-grub' to have the changes propagated to the mbr or wherever you plan
to have it.

Decide which OS manages the boot loader, this will determine whether to install
grub to mbr or partition.

 I don't know what BSD uses for a boot manager but being able to
run  'update-grub' from Debian after the BSD install will add BSD to  Debians
grub menu.



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