Clone a FBSD system to a smaller disk.

Ernie Luzar luzar722 at
Tue Oct 4 15:19:42 UTC 2016

Polytropon wrote:
> On Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:52:11 -0400, Ernie Luzar wrote:
>> I have a 10.3 box using a MBR 1.5 TB hard drive. This Box acts as the 
>> LANs front door firewall to the public network. The 1.5 TB disk is being 
>> waisted in this situation. What would you recommend as the quickest 
>> method to clone the running system from the 1.5TB disk to a 40MB disk?
> Preparing the target disk with MBR or GPT or Dedicated (use GPT
> except you have a good reason not to), then use dump + restore.
> You can find more information here:
> The advantage of dump | restore is that only blocks in use will
> be copied, and it works on file system level (instead of disk
> block level like dd). Initializing the target disk prior to
> starting the copy operation will make sure the partition data
> is being written to the correct places.

Thanks for your quick reply.

I would like to do the same thing with a win7 disk as source.
But on my 10.3 and 11.0-rc2 systems the mount_ntfs command is missing.
How do I mount a win7 disk in read mode so I can back it up?

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