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Old 05-26-2004, 09:42 AM   #1
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Cool Installing RedHat 8 or 9 from a hard drive.


I have 2 hard drives.
I'm attempting to install RedHat 8 from hard drive # 1 onto hard drive # 2.
Hard drive 1 has RedHat 8 installed and working.
Hard drive 1 partitions:

format = ext3

hda1 = /boot
hda2 = swap
hda3 = /

I have copied all the files from the 2 RH8 CDs to the root of hda3.
I boot up using the RH8 Installation floppy and select: INSTALL FROM A HARD DRIVE.

It gives me the options of /dev/hda1 or /dev/hda3 (to find the CD ROM images.)

I select hda3 and it displays the message:

"Device /dev/hda3 does not appear to contain the CD ROM IMAGES"

You are also presented with the option of selecting a sub directory
holding the CD ROM Images:


I enter rh8 and get the message:

"/tmp/hdimage/rh8" directory not found.

(it appears to be looking for /tmp/hdimage by default)

I created the directory /tmp/hdimage/rh8 and copy the CDs into it but
continue to get the message:

"Failed to read directory /tmp/hdimage/rh8 no such file or directory."

I have also tried this with RedHat 9 getting the same results.

There's nothing I could find in the README or RELEASE NOTES explaining
how to perform installations from a Hard Drive.

I can't beleive this is so difficult.. Please Help...

Last edited by wayner991; 05-26-2004 at 12:53 PM.
Old 05-31-2004, 09:29 PM   #2
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the easiest way i found to install from harddrive is to copy the isos directly to the root of the partition you want, in your case /dev/hda3

dont copy the files, copy the isos directly
Old 06-02-2004, 06:54 PM   #3
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Thumbs up Thanks adam

Yes... copy the .iso files to the root of /dev/hda3. This worked with RedHat 9. RedHat 8 would not work at all... perhaps because I was using RedHat 9 .iso files??? Anyway... seems to be a bit buggy.... you are suppose to be able to put them in a sub directory but could not get this to work..

The following worked:

RedHat 9 Installation Diskette
RedHat 9 .iso files coppied to the root of /dev/hda3

And now if I can only get my AC97 Sound system to work...



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