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Old 10-14-2003, 09:46 PM   #1
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need help copying a hard drive

I've just put together a new system and would like to move all the data from my old hard drive to my new one. When I use the mv or cp commands, my system seriously lags. I also get permission erros. Is there a more efficient way to move 40 gb of data from one harddrive to another?
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cp is as good as any method but you need to specify the correct options to retain the same permissions.

For lagging look at the utility hdparm to see if the the settings are correct.

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Old 10-14-2003, 10:05 PM   #3
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well, the best way to do so would of course do it as root, but of course moving such large volumes of information will tie up alot of processor time, so my reccomend doing the copy and going to watch tv or something while copying
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I just got a new hard drive (120GB) to replace my old one (30GB). All I wanted to do was make an exact copy of the old hard drive to the new one. I ended up booting up to Knoppix and using the "dd" command. It took about 2 - 2.5 Hrs to copy. Here's a Knoppix tutorial on doing it.

Knoppix also includes qtparted which is a great tool for partitioning.
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i think this may be helpful :

it is like norton ghost
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try mirrordir
Old 10-17-2003, 08:26 AM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions, I ended up following that how to quide. I had to boot to the console, to free up resopurces. After doing that the cp command worked just fine.


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