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Old 10-27-2005, 05:47 AM   #1
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Changing boot system

Hey all,

At first I had a perfect running linux machine Suze 9.0 prof, on a 8,9 gig disk. But I wanted to use it as a mp3 server also, so I decided to clone the disk to a 80 gig disk, using ghost. But norton ghost doest support the GRUB loading system. cant put link inside thread but if you google ''ghost and linux' hte first hit is a site telling about this problem.

How can I change the bootsystem inside linux to LILO for instanse? Or how can I create a good boot disk, with which I can change properties from boot file? I haven't got an origenal cd here, and i prefer a disk.

Help. greetz Rogier
Old 10-27-2005, 09:06 AM   #2
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try downloading kanotix or knoppix cd and running partimage which is a kinda cutdown version of ghost in that in clones linux partitions and not the entire drive.

the dd command can of course be used to clone all drives but partimage is the best as you can burn to cdr etc. check out

2) not sure about lilo question but partimage will prevent that question arising except that after you have put the image onto the bigger drive you just install grub into the larger drive mbr by either booting the other drive up and pressing C for commands and read my tut on what to do or use a kanotix knoppix cd
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Lilo is no different if you have a problem with Grub.

It would be a very simple matter if you

(1) Create a bootable floppy. This is done by logging in as root in Suse, insert a floppy into the drive, click terminal and type "grub-install /dev/fd0"

(2) Connect the 80Gb hard disk in the PC, say as a slave and known as hdb in Linux.

(3) Partition the full hdb as the biggest Linux partition you can get as hdb1, format it with mkfs.ext3 /dev/hdb1. Create the swap partition, same size as the one in the master disk hda and with the "SAME" partition number. This is to say if your current swap is hda5 then the new one should be hdb5

(4) change directory to /, copy the entire content to hdb2 by using tar command (will supply command if needed).

(5) Remove the 9Gb master and use the 80Gb slave in master position.

(6) Boot up with floppy. When succesfully getting back in Suse replicate the boot loader in the MBR by typing "grub-install /dev/hda". Thereafter your Suse will be same as before except in a bigger environment.

The above will only work if you put Suse in one partition.


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