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Re: Moving Debian installation to another partition.


Roman Khomasuridze wrote:
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

For parts 1 and 2, I would boot from a livecd of some kind and do the following:

1. /sbin/mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda5
2. mkdir /mnt/sda5
3. mount /dev/sda5 /mnt/sda5
4. aptitude install dump
5. cd /mnt/sda5
6. dump 0f - /dev/sda|restore rf -
7. cd
8. umount /mnt/sda5

That should copy all the file system over just fine.

*NB: make sure that /dev/sda2 is NOT mounted during this process*

Using dump for a mounted file system _may_ give issues, but probably only if files are changing on the drive during ay time of the entire process (atime updates might be an issue too) ... hence why NOT mounting the source partition is better and safer.

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