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Date:      Mon, 12 Jan 2009 23:09:54 -0700
From:      Tim Judd <tajudd@gmail.com>
To:        Grant Peel <gpeel@thenetnow.com>
Cc:        Jerry McAllister <jerrymc@msu.edu>, FreeBSD Questions List <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Replace SCSI Drive
Message-ID:  <496C3032.9060003@gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <A39FF17E1AF24D1882A617913D40EE6B@GRANTPC>
References:  <9F57CF00DDE541E69F500E26B652DDED@GRANTPC>	<20090107205826.GA93439@gizmo.acns.msu.edu> <A39FF17E1AF24D1882A617913D40EE6B@GRANTPC>

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Not to be presumptious, or rude, but I've read the first part of this 
thread (a bit late, yes) and I'm just confused.

If you're going to go so far as to prep the drive at home, before 
driving to the NOC, with a unrunnable OS on a labeled disk, it seems silly.

I propose:
	Do a typical install of FreeBSD 6.4/7.1 on this disk.  Let it be as 
full as to boot an operating system (but maybe skip out on the 
networking blah blah setups).
	Bring this (verified) bootable disk to the NOC, install it as da0
	Move the old, 73GB failing disk to da1
	Boot the Dell, maybe running in single-user mode
	You've got a pristine format (or pristine enough) to restore the 
filesystems on top of it.
	Rebooting with da0 again to see if your network settings, startup, 
apps, etc etc etc all start as appropriate.

	Only if this method fails, do you use the Fixit CD and "fix it"


Am I crazy to think this is the more logical, more straightforward way 
to perform this migration?  If Grant has already done the job, more 
power to him, but I just found it a little confusing that one would 
label a drive, format it, and possibly spend more time with the slower 
CD-ROM based Fixit than running off a nice, new 10k/15k RPM drive to 
drive everything.

If my method above is failing a point, I'd be more than happy to hear 
your statements and correct my procedures for it.  My method above has 
only one tricky part, is to restore the 'a' partition from olddrive to 
newdrive. -- and that is probably a piece of cake.


Grant, good luck (if you haven't done it yet).

--Tim



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