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Old 10-05-2007, 01:46 PM   #16
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Thanks for the info. I am actually attempting to move my openSuSE 10.2 installation from its current location to another drive, which are both physically located within the same machine. Nothing fancy in my case, i.e., RAID setups, external storage, etc. These are both IDE drives on the same channel (one master and one slave), so this should be a relatively easy task to perform. Since I currently have a Windows Server 2003 partition on the drive which I would like to move openSuSE 10.2 to, I will probably just ghost the Windows partition to an image file, re-partition the master drive, and then restore both Windows and openSuSE to this drive. I have never been too partial to resizing existing partitions within Windows, as I have not had much luck in the past with this sort of thing.

By the way, the whole point of this feat for me is that I finally downloaded a copy of openSuSE 10.3, and wish to test this version out before actually updating my existing 10.2 version. Also, since my master drive with Windows currently occupies about 80 GB in size, I don't need all of this space just for one OS, thereby freeing up a whole other drive (which is about 40 GB in size). It took me quite a while to get all that I wanted to work properly done with openSuSE 10.2, and do not want to disrupt all of my hard work With that, I may just install openSuSE 10.3 to the existing Windows partition (resizing first of course), and leave my 10.2 installation alone. I'll have to see what I want to do first though.
Old 10-16-2007, 12:13 PM   #17
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well, as long as you guys have hardware raid, has anyone ever considered DRBL using Clonezilla? That's how I fix my cluster server. Manager says "node 15 is "down"" and then I replace node15 with an image of node01 (same hardware) - doctor it up (it needs to know that it is node15 again) and leave the manager scratching his head as to how it took only half an hour to do it (I actually told my managers: their ok with it cause they have an "as long as it works" attitude, which is cool).
Clonezilla only copies "used bytes" so it makes image smaller (it copies mbr, partition table, and all that other important stuff) - just make sure to make a "straight" copy with NO compression.
Old 12-21-2007, 09:55 AM   #18
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Will you allow a stupid question?

Originally Posted by y2kram View Post
Plan B is using Partition Image (partimage) which is on the SystemRescueCd.

Boot the CD
mount the NFS volume for backup
create a backup image of each partition

But I believe the original plan gets everything, including the MBR, etc.

The oblective is:
If the new OS fails to do what it needs, I can boot the CD, mount the NFS volume, then dd the image back and I haven't lost a single byte off the spindle from where it was before the upgrade. That's why I'm trying the dd of /dev/sda as a single large image file.
"Create a backup image of each partition:"

Can you enlighten me on this particular step. I was searching for backup procedures an landed on this post. My first instinct would be tar, which I would have to research. But the thought crossed my mind that tar uses the /tmp directory. Part of the problem is my root partition is filling up and /tmp is on the root partition. I do have an almost empty three gig partition that I can put /tmp on, but when I attempt to move temp, ie create another directory and create a soft link to it as /tmp, (It won't permit a hard link.) my applications won't open.

Bought an external hard disk three times the size of my laptop, and will be partitioning it to mirror the laptop.

One other detail. Currently I can't write to the NTFS partition from Linux.

Thank You

Sam Rogers


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