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Old 11-11-2004, 05:05 PM   #1
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install linux by copying rootfs


Im planning on buying a mini itx system to use as a fileserver for my home.
I was thinking about the possibilty to run this fileserver without any removeable media in it.

now comes the qeustion:

Is it a possibilty to install linux on the new device by copying the root filesystem of my old server to a new harddisk and just alter the kernel and boot sector on the new HD?

And then offcourse placing the new harddisk in the mini itx system

If this is possible then it'll save me the bugs for the removable media and time reconfiguring/installing the system and all the service's.

So what do you all think about this?

P.S. Running debian sarge 2.6.9


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Old 11-11-2004, 05:39 PM   #2
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Just copying would probably not be such a good idea. Try backing it up with something like Mondo Rescue (to a disk image, CD images, an NFS mount, etc) instead. It will probably save you a lot of hazzle.

Old 11-11-2004, 05:57 PM   #3
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i would use a disk clone tool, ghost, powerquest etc...

as long as the kernel supports the new hardware you my just need to tweak the /etc/fstab.

probably will have to reconfigure networking.


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