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Re: New Hard Drive

Bob Goodwin wrote:
Karl Larsen wrote:
Les Mikesell wrote:
Karl Larsen wrote:
John Wendel wrote:
Karl Larsen wrote:
I discovered I can buy a new IDE 160 GB Western Digital Hard Drive for $83.00 plus shipping. I would like to replace this old 160 GB with a new one. What method would you suggest for putting all the stuff on the old hard drive on this new one? It seems that dd could do it but I wonder how fast it would be?

   Any experience will be appreciated.

Do a little more shopping at newegg.com and save a few bucks

Seagate 250 GB  $69 + free shipping
Hitachi 250 GB  $59 + free shipping

OK John you have me hooked. I had forgot newegg and they are the best for parts. I will order from them.

Now how to put this f7 on the new HD :-( I have had no help at all so I will do it as I have in the past. I use cp=copy and the switches -av >> file and that allows me to just let the copy happen and when over read file and see what happened 8-)

   I have done this more times than I needed to. Worked every time ;-)

cp -av should work, although I doubt if it takes care of the selinux magic. If you want to minimize downtime on an active machine, do that or an rsync -avH while the machine is still working, then when you are ready to swap, drop to single user mode and repeat the rsync, adding the --delete option. This will quickly update any changes since the first copy, then you can swap the disks and reboot.

I like the rsync method because it is really fast! I had an oops with the new hard drive. I learned what sata is and my motherboard is too old. But I bought a pci card that should solve that problem at the expense of $25.00 and be slow compared to real sata :-(

Did you order power and data cables too? They will be different and last time I had to order them separately even with this newer computer.

Bob Goodwin

This whole thing is getting out of hand! I spent $110 for a hard drive and then $24 for a controller card and now you verify my fear that I need some cables not part of the controller card. But I can turn this whole thing off yet with a phone call :-)


	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
	Linux User
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