Question about restore

Jack L. Stone jacks at
Sat Feb 2 07:54:37 PST 2008

At 03:43 PM 2.2.2008 +0100, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
>> My question is, how is the right way to do the restore in a system that
>> hasn't been installed with freebsd at all? From what I get in google, every
>of course.
>i won't help you with sysinstall as i don't use it, just use LiveCD to 
>make partitions, newfs and then restore

For years I have been using a script that will do it all. It never fails to
do the job perfectly and painlessly.

In my case I have a utility machine used also for backups and is okay if I
need to shut it down for emergency restores and things described by the

In you case, just do your dumps on the server to be moved as it will do it
quicker and not likely to lose much from a live system (if live). The
transfer method is a bit slower.

Once dumps are made, then transfer the files over to your "utility"
machine. Run my script on the utility which will "mirror" everything over
to a 2nd new clean drive. Shut down the utility machine, pull the 2nd drive
with the restore and install as the master drive in your target new machine
-- then boot up. That's it.

BTW: You can modify the partition sizes in the script if you want to make
some or all of them larger in a bigger new HD for example.

If interested in my script and my method, I'll send it to you as an
attachment file.

Happy trails,
Jack L. Stone

System Admin

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