ufs to zfs

jd1008 jd1008 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 25 16:12:07 UTC 2016

Yes! I was assuming booting from live media - but did not state it as I 
thought it obvious.
I have done this type of FS change several times.



On 10/24/2016 05:11 PM, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 24/10/2016 19:58, jd1008 wrote:
>> The OP says he does have an external drive which the bios does not allow
>> booting from.
>> He can he back up  (tar) the current system that is UFS based to the
>> external drive,
>> clobber the ufs partition by simply formatting it as a ZFS partition,
>> and at some
>> point, (after appropriate admin of zfs partition), tar the system back
>> into the zfs partition.
>> Is this "doable"? (Pardon the bad "english").
> He wouldn't be able to clobber the UFS partition if he was booted from
> it.  So he needs to boot from something else.  Supposing that, then yes,
> you could do this.  You'ld need to boot from some other media -- a
> bootable USB stick perhaps, or an installer DVD image, the image for
> either of which can be downloaded from ftp.freebsd.org
> 	Cheers,
> 	Matthew

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