[RndTbl] Norton Ghost / re-install Lilo

Dan Martin ummar143 at cc.umanitoba.ca
Fri Apr 7 21:06:11 CDT 2006

I assume you want to copy hda to hdb then boot from hdb?

There are 2 ways I can think of:

1)  Do a bit by bit copy of hda to hdb.  I don't know about Norton's 
Ghost (used to use it but had some problems) but if you have a Linux 
rescue disk (I use Fedora Core 4's install DVD) you can boot Linux 
Rescue from CD/DVD and use the Linux dd command to copy one block device 
to the other:
dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdb bs=1M
assuming hdb is at least as big in actual blocks.  Then physically swap 
the drives or cable so that hda is now actually hdb and vice versa.  
Your "new" hda should now boot just like the old one used to.

2)  Copy the info and / or partitions you want to hdb, then install GRUB 
on hda.  GRUB is very flexible in terms of boot options.  If you are 
worried the drive will completely fail, install GRUB on floppy so you 
can boot off the floppy and use the boot menu on the floppy to boot from 
hdb (assuming your BIOS won't let you directly boot from hdb).

rayhenry at autoclubs.ca wrote:

>OK, have a RedHat 7 system with a dying HD. So I ran Norton Ghost and
>copied everything over to a newer drive (same size, just newer). I've been
>hours on the 'Net and tried a number of different instructions on
>installign Lilo to the new HD so that it boots when moved from hdb to hda.
>Nothing seems to work.
>Sorry, I haven't logged everything I've done, as I (silly me) kept hoping
>that *this time* something *would* work. But this shutting down every
>night to re-Ghost the drive to keep it current when I try something new is
>just silly. It seems to me that there has to be a pretty straight forward
>way of installing Lilo that I'm just not finding.
>This is my last shot at doing it this way, I'm hoping someone has an
>idea.... My next move is to just build another server, and set everything
>up on that one...
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Dr. Dan Martin, MD, CCFP, BSc, BCSc (Hon)

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