Is this safe? Copying a complete install from one HD to another

James Seward jamesoff at
Tue Mar 25 02:41:47 PDT 2008

On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 2:55 AM, Norberto Meijome <freebsd at> wrote:
>  tar or dump | restore , etc... as long as the different file types (normal, links, sockets,etc) are transferred correctly. the same for user permissions.

I actually did this the other week for similar reasons - smartd was
starting to give warnings on the drive so I bought a new one and used
dump | restore for each partition to move things across. Worked fine
and I now have a happier, quieter and more spacious system :)

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