system cloning

Philip Hallstrom freebsd at
Mon Jun 13 16:35:54 GMT 2005

>> 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.

You would?  Why?  restore doesn't care where you're restoring to... you'd 
just need to make sure you were in / before restoring and then tweak 
/etc/fstab to suit...



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