Re: How to move/copy linux installation ...
From: David (thunderbolt01_at_netscape.net)
Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2003 06:43:10 GMT
Useko Netsumi wrote:
> Another issues, I don't have CD either in my unit. So,
> everything has to be done from the running system..
> So, all I have is a running Linux system on a
> disk/single-partition. How can I move all into a new disk and
> boot from that new disk.
> My issues/non-issues:
> 1- copy all -- it seems that I can do that with dd or tar
The only problem with "dd" is that it will also copy all empty
space on the partition to the new drive so "tar" or "cp" would
work better since both will also allow other options if you
choose. Options like changing filesystems or to add/remove
> 2- make the new disk bootable --- don't know how
You would make it bootable by installing lilo, grub or even
loadlin. Linux doesn't use the bootable flag like windows
does/did so you don't have to worry about that.
> 3- install GRUB -- don't know how
I prefer lilo, others prefer grub.
> 4-have no floppy nor cdrom.
Have you looked at "loadlin" it can boot from a DOS/windows
partition but I haven't used it in several years.
Grub can also be used if you know how to configure it to boot the
system off the new drive if you know which device it uses.
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