Cloning IDE drives

From: R. D. Davis <>
Date: Thu Dec 28 08:47:19 2000

On Thu, 28 Dec 2000, John Lawson wrote:
> My fantasy is that I can buy another IDE drive (of somewhat larger
> capacity) and just somehow copy the whole thing on the original down to
> the new one, without having to go thru the backup/restore/re-auth all the
> programs I've got on it. I have 8mm streaming tape backups of the system,
> but that's a pain.

Hmmm, what's so dificult about just using "cp -Rp" or dump/restore?

Unless you're not using UNIX... UNIX makes life so much easier; you
didn't mention what OS you're using, but it doesn't sound like UNIX.

> Any advice/how-to/magic formulae?

Convert all of your documents, data, spreadsheets, etc. to ASCII, find
something that will write all of this to a tar format on a tape that
can be read by FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris, or whatever, then dump all of
this data three times, just to be on the safe side (since you're
possibly using a Microsoft product, it pays to be extra careful), and
then install some version of UNIX that can read the tape. ;-)

Good luck!

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