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Re: New hard disk, copying data

On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 05:07:19PM +0200, Riccardo Mottola wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to install a new hard disk in my laptop. The previous hard
> diss (traditional winchester) two partition, NetBSD + Windows with
> the boot selection menu. I want to install a new SSD disk, just
> slightly smaller than the existing netbsd partition. I have this
> laptop often in bumpy condition and the current HD seems to fail, so
> I thought trying SSD might be interesting.
> How can I copy the existing data, to avoid a reinstall? I thought
> 1) attach the hard disk in an external USB enclosure
> 2) Partition int
> 3) Copy the data (how? using tar/untar perhaps?)
> 4) write the MBR (but how, from the command line? and I don't need
> the boot selection anymore, just flat into NetBSD)
> Please fill in the voids :) I'm open also to other suggestions

The selection of commands you want to have a look at are
- disklabel
- fdisk
- installboot

The raidframe documentation at
can be used as a guide to setting up an ordinary disk without using

Do you also want windows on the SSD?



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