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Old 07-23-2004, 11:56 AM   #1
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Question Run Debian From Remote/Networked Hard Drive?

Hello. I have a 200Mhz system running Debian right now, or trying to that is. The IDE hard drive is having problems and I think it will fail pretty soon. Is there any way that I can take the hard drive out and run the computer and operating system from a remote hard drive or off my network? I have other computers running Debian....

Old 07-23-2004, 04:35 PM   #2
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i'm not absoluely sure you wanna do. you can boot your machine ev. with a floppy and tell the kernel to get the root-filesystem via nfs from another box in your network. there are pretty howtos how to do that at or allready on your system (think nfs-boot-howto, x-terminal-howto, ..or similar).

you can tell your kernel via parameters where to find the rootfs, assign ipaddress,...
your kernel needs to support rootfs via nfs. for swapping over nfs there are network block devices need to be enabled on both sides (<- have never tried that).

if there is a cdrom in your machine and it's bootable you may also choose to build a bootable cdrom from your current sys to have a working (emergency) cdrom. i think the package is called "bootcd" on debian. (beware - i finally got it working, but it took me several tries - think it's just beta).

sl mritch.


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