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Old 05-07-2004, 02:20 PM   #1
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Question Cloning a / and swap partition for Red Hat 9

Hi people,

I want to clone my " / "and "swap" partitions for a Red Hat 9 installation, in order to transfer the image onto a new system that has a 1 GB compact flash memory. The idea is to fit the image within 1 GB of space. The current installation size is 870 MB.

I tried out the software from . This would work just fine, except it cannot make an image of a "swap" partition. Is there anything out there can clone a "swap" partition as well as "/ " partition.

Urgently needed.

Thanking you in advance.

Old 05-07-2004, 02:34 PM   #2
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I'm not really sure why you would want to image a swap partition - it will not hold any data across reboots.
Old 05-07-2004, 03:38 PM   #3
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If you use sfdisk to backup the partition table, that will make the partition structure on the new drive when you restore it. Here are the commands...

Save the ENTIRE PARTITION TABLE to a file using sfdisk.
sfdisk d /dev/hda > /mnt/images/backup/partfile

Restore that partition table from files to the new hard drive using the command:
sfdisk /dev/hda < /mnt/images/backup/partfile

I happen to have a script which I use from a rescue cdrom which automates the restore process.....

Bootup with the rescue cd and run the clone script to restore the images to your new hard drive.

echo "********************************************************************"
echo "     Caution!!!     This program will erase your hard drive"
echo -n "                Do you want to proceed (Y/N)?"
read answer
if test "$answer" != "Y" -a "$answer" != "y";
then exit 0;
#Erase the old boot sector
dd if=/dev/zero if=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1
#Restore the partition table from file
sfdisk /dev/hda < /mnt/images/backup/partfile
#Restore the MBR from file
#dd if=/mnt/images/backup/mbrfile of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1
#Restore the images with Partimage
partimage restore -b -z2 -f3 /dev/hda1 /mnt/images/backup/windows.000
partimage restore -b -z2 -f3 /dev/hda2 /mnt/images/backup/linux.000
echo "Image restore is complete"

Last edited by homey; 05-07-2004 at 03:40 PM.


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