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Date:      Tue, 13 Jan 2009 10:46:28 -0500
From:      Grant Peel <>
To:        Jerry McAllister <>
Cc:        Tim Judd <>, FreeBSD Questions List <>
Subject:   Re: Replace SCSI Drive
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References:  <9F57CF00DDE541E69F500E26B652DDED@GRANTPC>	<>	<A39FF17E1AF24D1882A617913D40EE6B@GRANTPC>	<> <>

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Jerry McAllister wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 11:09:54PM -0700, Tim Judd wrote:
>> <snip>
>> 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"
> This is good, especially if he wants to upgrade to the next
> version of FreeBSD at the same time.
> But IIRC the problem is not that the OS currently on the disk does
> not work, but that there are some problems with the disk itself - 
> but that it is still readable.   It is more about replacing the
> disk with another presumed more reliable than the current one.
> So, in that case, it is much easier to take the few minutes to
> build the disk slice & partitions and then just do the dump/restores
> than to build everything new and then hand pick the things he wants
> to save from the old disk.    
> But, if an upgrade is done at the same time - probably a good idea
> actually - then that hand picking will be done anyway, so might as
> well do it as you say.   I took it straight from his original
> question rather than from the notion of doing an upgrade along the way.
> ////jerry
>> 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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Hi Jerry,

Since you original reply to my email is still my prefered method, could 
you please resent it (if you have a copy in your sent items mailbox). I 
am wrestling with Thunderbird (on freebsd) to import all my email 
folders from OE, with no success).

I do understand all the various methods though and thanks to all for the 


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