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Re: Moving Debian installation to another partition.



Nope, it's not too late, this installation means too much to me (huh), so I'm not in rush and am considering various options. Probably i'll test all of the options on my test machine (if it's still alive) in couple of days. 
As of CloneZilla suggestion, I was not even considering it, don't know why though.. Looks quite interesting

Thanks all

Regards
------------
Roman
On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 9:40 PM, Frank McCormick <debianlist@videotron.ca> wrote:
On Mon, 11 Oct 2010 21:18:10 +0400
Roman Khomasuridze <khomasuridze@gmail.com> wrote:

> I'll try to move unmounted /dev/sda2 from live-CD, that sounds more
> reasonable to me.
>
>
> thanks a lot for suggestions!!
>
>
>
> Regards
> ------------
> Roman
> On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 5:25 PM, Andrew McGlashan <
> andrew.mcglashan@affinityvision.com.au> wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > --


   It may be too late for you...but I recently had to move 5 partitions on  a 30 gig disk to
a 500 gig SATA drive. After Googling until I was almost blind, I decided on using a CloneZilla live disk.
Best decision I ever made. The transfer went flawlessly, even moving Grub for me.
As an aside, I had to move Windows XP on my wifes machine to an identical 500 gig drive. It too went flawlessly,
using a utility provided by Seagate. It was slicker than CloneZilla, but both did the job.


--
Frank  <debianlist@videotron.ca>


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