Help Failing Disk Problem

Derek Ragona derek at
Mon Nov 5 12:51:05 PST 2007

At 01:53 PM 11/5/2007, Sean Murphy wrote:
>I have a FreeBSD 6.2 Release box with a single ide that has user data and 
>the FreeBSD OS on a hard disk that is failing.  I need advice on the best 
>way to clone the entire disk (or at least the data) onto a larger ide disk 
>drive, then pull the failing disk and replace it with the clone.  What is 
>the best way in FreeBSD to do that?

If you buy a new disk most disk manufacturer's have cloning 
software.  However if you are having media failure errors it can be 
difficult to get the data off.  You may be able to just get the data you 
need off this disk by copying to a new disk, or top tape, or a usb 
disk.  If you  know what data you need like: /etc /usr/local/etc 
/usr/local/data you may be better to just copy those trees off.


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