Re: easiest way to replace hard drive?

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On 10/08/2009 12:13 PM, Konstantin Svist wrote:
> On 10/08/2009 10:47 AM, Daniel B. Thurman wrote:
>> On 10/08/2009 10:31 AM, Konstantin Svist wrote:
>>   
>>> On 10/08/2009 09:48 AM, Dr. Michael J. Chudobiak wrote:
>>>     
>>>> Hi all,
>>>>
>>>> Is there an easy way to transfer a system from one drive (holding
>>>> boot, swap, lvm partitions, in the default F11 layout) to a different
>>>> hard drive, if the new drive is smaller?
>>>>
>>>> If the new drive is larger, dd could be used in a fairly
>>>> straightforward way.
>>>>
>>>> However, I want to try replacing a 160 GB hard drive with an Intel 80
>>>> GB solid-state drive, just for fun...
>>>>
>>>> I suspect a re-install might be easier.
>>>>
>>>> - Mike
>>>>
>>>>        
>>> gparted (or qtparted) will do what you want. I don't remember if it
>>> can resize the partitions as you copy them, but in the worst case you
>>> can resize first then copy.
>>>
>>> or you can use cp -a to copy over all necessary files and run
>>> grub-install to restore the grub boot loader if it's installed in MBR
>>> (default)
>>>
>>>      
>> There is a potential problem when using partition resizing - it can mess
>> up the partition tables and render the drive unbootable - need to be
>> careful here, as it "bit me in the a.."!
>>
>> FWIW,
>> Dan
>>
>>    
>
> Really?
> I've never had gparted bite me in the ass like that. Happened a few
> times with PartitionMagic in the past, though.
>
>
Yes.  What happened was that different resizing and moving partitions around
left behind "ghost" table entries and confused certain disk programs but was
transparent to fdisk.  I was forced to erase the entire drive and lay down
the partitions ONCE, and leave it alone.  What I decided to do was to set
each of my new OS drives in a specific way, every time, allowing for
multiple
OS installations, planned or not. This was not a problem with older versions
of linux distros, but Fedora changed *something* in regards to the anaconda
installer and it FAILED to find a SINGLE partition because it "barfed"
when it
encountered "extraneous" table entries.  This happened to me for F10 and for
F11.  I did not wanted to go through that nightmare again.

It is possible there was a bug, but since it happened to me on F10 & F11,
this is the course of action that I decided to take, at least, for now.

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