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My question is, are these procedures correct? Do I have a viable copy of my working redhat installation on hdb1, and have I backed up the right partition? Or do I have a false sense of security? When I mounted hdb1, I was able to see files and directories that looked ok.
I also made images of all three partitions with Norton ghost 2003 on the win 2x sys. I may also look into mkCDrec.
Is there any reason for me to edit fstab to mount this partition or should it just sit in the back-ground waiting to save me. Does this "tmpfs /dev/shm" marked with ??? look like it belongs or is it something bad? Can I put the rest of the disk to any good use, like moving home/larry or somthing more important to a huge partition so I can collect a bunch of junk?
It looks to me like you have a valid copy of your install if you can mount it and the files are there. I however don't see much point in backing up to the same physical drive. If your hda fails, your backup is probably useless too. Unless of course you're only backing up in case of accidental file deletion, that's another story..
Actually the backup is made to hdb1, the first partition on a second hard drive, hda being the first hard drive. I would just like to know how to put the rest of hdb's 14 GB to good use. I would like to move MYSQL DB files there and all web page files for my Apache web server.