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I seem to be having HD problems with on my Dual MP server at work, it is running RH 7.3 and has MP 1800+s in it, on a Tyan Tiger 2460. Grub takes forever to load, and about half of the time it fails to mount the HD. The drive clicks alot as well. So of course the HD is bad.
My question is that I need to tar and gzip everything in the file system, and install Grub on a the new HD, and put a mirror image of the filesystem of the server on the new HD. I also need Grub to call of the old data that will be put on the new HD. I need to do this with out using dd, since there is no way to get an exact matching HD now. Does anyone have any tips or know of any docs I can read on this? Thanks for your help.
Also I wondered what you recommended for partitioning in RH7.3 I have always used Disk Druid in initial setups, but I did not know if you could use it from the OS or rescue mode without being in the installer.
hmmm - I cant give you a recommendation for partitioning your system - I prefer seperate partitions for / /tmp /usr /var /home and in some cases /opt.
disk druid is only a gui for fdisk, so all you do with disk druid, can you do too with fdisk (only for the software raid configuration you need the raid tools).
put both disks in your system, boot it with the rescue disk, use
fdisk -l /dev/hda (if hda is your old disk) to see the partions on the old HD and create
with fdisk /dev/hdc (if hdc is the new one) the new partitions