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switch to new hard drive

Posted 12-14-2005 at 08:33 PM by divukman


Let's say you have a new hard drive and want to transfer all files from your
old one, including your fancy linux system. No problem, no problem at all,
but there's nothing I can do about it ? ahha :) not quite...

I'll write a bit more thorough tutorial, but here are just basic steps for

1. Plug the drive :) who would have guessed, if it's ata then take the
jumper off and put the jumper on the old drive to slave, believe me ;)

2. Boot with live cd, let's say knoppix ;)

3. make dir's oldboot and newboot

4. mount old drive to oldboot

5. partition new drive to suit your needs
- go wild and have each partition different fileystem, as my friend does

6. mount new drive to newboot

7. copy files, "cp -aR /oldboot/* /newboot"

8. edit newboot's fstab

9. mount proc, "mount -t proc none /newboot/proc"

10. chroot to your new drive, "chroot /newboot/ /bin/bash"

11. if your on gentoo run "env update" and then "source /etc/profile", on
Debian do just the latter one, I did :)

12. install grub, "grub-install /dev/hda1"...if this doesen't work then try:
- "grub"
- "root (hd0,0)" -> MAKE SURE TO PUT BLANK SPACE
- "setup (hd0)" -> you'll get grub setup msg here
- "quit"

if you keep grub on the disk hdb then these last steps are a bit different, you should then do setup on the hda, therefore steps are:
1. "grub"
2. "root (hd1,0)"
3. "setup (hd0)"
4. "quit"

13. if necessary, edit your grub's menu.lst, I sure did ;)

14. say "yarrrr"...and have some rum, you are done ;) reboot
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  1. Old Comment
    personally i wouldnt really do it this way.

    Basically i'd copy/back Home Etc and Var directories.
    and install using a linux distro CD (any distro since KDE and Gnome etc always store things in the exact same area.)
    I changed from Gentoo , Mandriva Ferdora back to Mandriva x86_64 as if i never changed anything.

    I find it quicker and easier and no messing around.
    (also ensures no bodgy librarys lying around)

    However this is a must for gentoo (compiling everything again = Yukk!
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by divukman divukman is offline
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    I cant mount my second hard drive!
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by divukman divukman is offline


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