Using FreeBSD to migrate Windows XP?
jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu
Tue Feb 8 08:35:56 PST 2005
> On Tue, Feb 08, 2005 at 10:51:20AM -0500, Jerry McAllister wrote:
> > >
> > > OK - I've finally come to the realization (a little slow, I know)
> > > that a 5.8Gb disk drive is just not enough to support a desktop
> > > environment (including JAVA) for both Windows XP and FreeBSD on my
> > > laptop. :(
> > >
> > > I have used dump(8) to dump out my filesystems. I am wondering
> > > if I can just use "dd" to dump out all of /dev/ad0s1 also,
> > > and then use "dd" to put it back again when I'm done. Then
> > > I'd boot the installation CD into "fixit" mode, build a new
> > > MBR, make sure that the new s1 was the same or very slightly larger
> > > than the old s1, and use dd to put it back again. Can anyone
> > > speak to either the "doomed to failure" or "I've done this and
> > > it works" scenarios?
> > I presume that /dev/ad0s1 is your MS-DOS slice?
> > I have never done this, but you might try using dump(8)
> > and restore(8) to move it as well as the others. I would
> > trying dumping it somewhere and then restoring it somewhere
> > harmless just to check first. If you keep the old disk and
> > do nothing to harm it, then you could try this to the new
> > disk and if it works (eg Messy Dos works), fine. If it doesn't
> > work then you still have the original on the old disk to go
> > back to and try something else.
> > As you mention, make the slices and partitions on the new disk
> > and put in the MBR. Then do the restores. You might need to
> > do something to put in a MSDOS boot partition on the new S1 as well.
> Well, it's NOT really an MS-DOS slice. Winxp uses the NT filesystem,
> NOT MS-DOS.
> Dump cannot work on anthing other than UFS filesystems. Dump
> actually separately interprets the filesystem structure. Consider, for
> example, that dump works perfectly well on unmounted filesystems.
> Dump is DRAMATICALLY different in its operation than tar, cpio, etc.
> Since tar and others use the filesystem code, they don't care
> what the underlying structure might be, BUT, they are also incapable
> of collecting "foreign" information like SIDs and ACLs.
Sounds probable. Just wanted to know if it would be possible.
> John Lind
> john at starfire.MN.ORG
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