Thanks for the heads up on the live copy. I *could* grow the partition on the RAID1 PATA, but that's a good point, too.
Since I take the / partition, but exclude the /tmp, /boot, /var, and /home directories (since they are on different partitions), could I:
1) dd if=/dev/md1 of=/dev/$USBDRIVE
2) reset the RAID to RAID1
3) cp -a $USBDRIVE_MOUNT $PATA_ROOT_MOUNT (or rsync--PREFERRED)
4) reinstall grub on the / directory
Last edited by ABL; 08-03-2009 at 02:14 PM.
Reason: added rsync in step 3