Disk copy -- WAS: Re: Can you copy freebsd from one of my present machine and load itto a new

John sephtin at techgodz.com
Fri Jun 6 23:43:45 PDT 2003

Actually, I have a similar problem.  I would like to take my current FreeBSD
system, and essentially IMAGE the entire disk (MBR and all), as a backup, as
well as to a new disk.  I'd like to upgrade my mail/web/db/imap/webmail/etc.
server from a PPro200, to a 933, but I want to keep the drives in the 200 as
they are, for quick and easy "backout-plan" purposes.

In Windoze, you can use Drive Image, Ghost, various other utils for this.
In Linux, you can use PartImage, or other utils for this.  Only problem,
none of these work for UFS?!?

Can someone point me in the right direction?  I don't care to spend the half
day to a weekend necessary to backup the entire server to the network,
reinstall Free on the new drives, and then restore everything..
I'm a lazy admin!  :)

Can someone point me to doc on the "easy way"?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jez Hancock" <jez.hancock at munk.nu>
To: <questions at freebsd.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 10:41 AM
Subject: Re: Can you copy freebsd from one of my present machine and load
itto a new

> On Tue, Jun 03, 2003 at 11:52:56AM +0100, Matt Heath wrote:
> > DanB wrote:
> >
> > >Can you copy freebsd and its configuration from one of my present
> > >machine and load it to a new machine so I can do some repairs on it.
> > >Maybe copy to a CDR and boot from that.
> > >
> > >Dan
> > >
> > >
> > sure, for $500
> lol
> Why not just take the disks out and put them in the new machine.  If the
> partitioning isn't too fancy the system should work without too much
> problem.  Try doing *that* with a windows system :)
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