[ale] Disk Drive Legerdemain
Keith R. Watson
keith.watson at gtri.gatech.edu
Wed Feb 27 07:58:09 EST 2002
I found another application buried in my collected utilities that might help.
At 03:36 PM 2/26/2002 -0500, Jeff Hubbs wrote:
>I want to get really good at replicating disk drives.
>My objective is to be able to take a given disk drive (not part of a RAID
>set or anything like that), hook up a second drive of arbitrary capacity
>(as long as there is enough room for all partition contents), and turn the
>second drive into a working duplicate of the first drive.
>I will want to retain any bootloader in the transition, to include LILO,
>NT/2K's loader, what have you. The partition table may be different, if
>only out of necessity due to the drives being different sizes and geometries.
>Keeping in mind that I want to be able to go from basically any drive to
>any other drive, how should I proceed? I am sure that dd would figure
>into this, especially with respect to the bootloader issue. However, what
>I'm unclear on is how to copy partition contents when the partitions are
>unequal on unequal drives. I know you can really mess up a drive this way.
>It occurs to me that if I start with a drive with NTFS partitions, I can't
>just mount source and target partitions and either rsync or cp between
>them. How could I use dd in such a case?
Keith R. Watson GTRI/AIST
Systems Support Specialist III Georgia Tech Research Institute
keith.watson at gtri.gatech.edu Atlanta, GA 30332-0816
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