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Old 05-11-2001, 03:28 AM   #1
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i have played with linux on and off for a while but still don't know some of the basics as you will see... i am trying to move my everything from one hard disk to another so i can remove the existing hd that linux is installed on. first i created the new partitions on the new disk. i tried to cp but lost symbolic links. next i tared the existing partitions but i when i extracted the tar i still lost my symbolic links. I looked for how-tos but couldn't find what i needed. please help...
Old 05-11-2001, 04:58 AM   #2
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nevermind. i forgot to format the ne partitions ext2

Old 05-15-2001, 04:53 AM   #3
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And you did this with the cp command?Does this work like xcopy?What options did you include?
Old 05-16-2001, 09:41 PM   #4
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Talking Let me know how too.....

When you get this figured out, let me know too as I have to add another hard drive to put Linux on........

Old 05-16-2001, 10:41 PM   #5
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How about the man pages?

Try cp -a

I think that will work.
Old 05-17-2001, 08:25 AM   #6
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By the way, I'm not a salesman for Norton...

Don't know if you've noticed, but I seem to hark on about 'Norton Ghost' as if it was the best program since Linux . It has an option to completely copy one HD partition onto another. The partitions do not need to be on the same physical disk, so I think this would work. It does recognise and can use 'foreign' partition types, but one big downside - it only runs from a DOS disk! It is small enough to fit onto a blank floppy though.

I haven't actually used it to 'copy' complete partitions/disks, but it seems that it can be done. Oh yeah, there are lots of network options aswell (including parallel connections) so you could do this, in theory, from a local 'disk' to a remote 'disk'.
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Cool two ways...

You could create an idential sized set of partitions on the new HDD and use dd copy the entire partition with something like

dd if=/dev/hda1 of=/dev/hdb1 count=<partsize>

Or use cpio to copy all the files from one partition to another where the partitions on different drives, it will handle the file perms OK and symlnks. I think something like this would work.

find /oldPart | cpio -p -d -m /newPart

I *think* both those would work, I don't see why not.




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