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Old 06-10-2004, 09:29 PM   #1
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Copy a Hard Drive


I am a network admin that has been given the task of upgrading a hard driver in the company mail server.

We are currently using 6 SCSI hard drives and one of these drives is about 100mb from full!!!

The full drive is a 4.2GB SCSI, The replacement drive is a 18.2 GB SCSI hard drive. The drive in question is the /var partition.

My question is how do I copy the contents of just the OLD drive to the NEW drive and not mess with the other 5 drives?

Thank you for any help you can provide!!!!!!

- Ryan
Old 06-11-2004, 12:05 AM   #2
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Here's a good tutorial on moving your home partition which you might be able to adapt:

You could also image the /var partition using partimage which is included in knoppix and restore the image to your new drive. With partimage, you can't image the partition with the partition mounted which is where knoppix comes in handy. You boot off the knoppix cd which boots into a kde desktop and runs entirely in ram. Here's a link for partimage usage:
Old 06-11-2004, 04:27 AM   #3
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I'd just use the dd command, where you specify the input source and the output source, and then dd just does a bit by bit copy. Check the man page for dd but I'm pretty sure it can easily handle what you're attempting to do. -- J.W.
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