Subject: Re: Copy whole disk to another drive
To: Carsten Pache <>
From: stephane matis <>
List: port-cobalt
Date: 04/05/2005 09:19:43
On Apr 5, 2005 9:10 AM, Carsten Pache <> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I want to replace the (boot) hard drive in my Qube by a more quiet
> (and also bigger) one. What is the fastest way to copy the old drive
> to the new one? I am thinking of "dd", but can I use it if the new
> drive is bigger than the old one? Do I lose the remaining space of the
> new drive?

It all comes down to cylinder mapping.  If the original drive is 8GB
IDE or bigger, you can easilly copyt up to 128GB.

Since I used to this regurally, you can dd over the drive and once you
reboot with the new drive, you can then create another slice to take
advantage of the additional space.

The advantage of using say NetBSD on i386 booted of the CD is that you
can mount both devices, configure you new drive to your hearts-content
and then copy over filesystem level.

But dd works and its fast.