migrate system to new HD question

Jud judmarc at fastmail.fm
Tue Mar 16 02:40:22 PST 2004

On Tue, 16 Mar 2004 20:33:34 +1000, anubis <anubis357 at optusnet.com.au>  

> On Tue, 16 Mar 2004 2:11 pm, Terrac Skiens wrote:
>>  Hello All,
>>   I have been running a FreeBSD system for fun & semi-pro uses for
>> about 4 years. In all that time I only upgraded the Hard Disk once.
>> That upgrade came at the same time as an OS upgrade, and at that
>> time the server was used for much less. Now the applications,
>> configuration, and data are all very important to me.
>>   So now it's time to upgrade again. and I want to migrate all the
>> data from one disk (20gb) to another (80gb). Does anyone know of a
>> way of imaging one drive onto the other? Idealy I would like to
>> increase some of the slices as well, but that may not be possible.
>>   If anyone knows of a way, please let me know.
> There is the ever popular dump and restore method also.  This allows
> you to modify the slice and partition sizes.
> Do something like this.
> drop in new disk
> format up with the sysinstall tools
> mount the new partitions somewhere
> restore the data to them
> edit files like fstab to change the disk names in there or just swap
> the drives around in the box so the new one is logically where the
> old one was.
> reboot
> look at man dump and man restore
> If you really want to do it this way I can supply a better dummy
> sheet.

My apologies for coming in late to the discussion.  Someone has probably  
already suggested the following link from the FreeBSD FAQ:


It's simple, it's easy, it works, and it works as fast as or faster than  
any other method.


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