system cloning

Tony Shadwick tshadwick at
Fri Jun 10 22:56:16 GMT 2005

You expect too much of my RAID controller. :) Ghost won't do it because:

1.  There is only room for 3 drives in the system.  RAID5 requires 3 

2.  Ghost deals in partitions.  FreeBSD (usually) has one partition with 
many slices.

3.  Doubt it has drivers for my RAID array. :)

On Fri, 10 Jun 2005, Alex Zbyslaw wrote:

> Tony Shadwick wrote:
>> I have a system that we are running in production that there was an 
>> oversight on, and it has a single hard drive installed (32GB SCSI I 
>> believe), rather than a 3 drive raid5 array.  We would like to correct 
>> this, but we have all sorts of up-to-date packages and config files that 
>> we've tweaked that we would hate to just start over on it.
>> There's a tool for OSX called "Carbon Copy Cloner" that would take care of 
>> this for me, which is basically a series of copy commands that takes the 
>> filesystem from one drive to another, preserving EVERYTHING important, and 
>> then bless the boot volume.
> If you want two more identical drives then use dump, not tar, but you'd have 
> to have them sliced/partitioned up the same beforehand and it wouldn't do 
> bootblocks.
> Silly question, but won't your RAID controller do it for you?  Or is that 
> expecting too much?
> Or what about using Ghost?  No experience of *doing* it myself, but someone I 
> work with did it very successfully just a couple days ago to get a copy of an 
> unbootable <hawk, spit> Linux SCSI disk onto an IDE.  That would make the 
> disks identical.
> --Alex

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