update: UTek (V) filesystems and boot blocks

From: Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Wed Jan 26 14:12:13 2005

On Tue, 2005-01-25 at 13:21 +0000, Jules Richardson wrote:
> I'm now wondering if I can clone the OS onto a bigger drive without
> install media :-) If I copy partition table area and the 'boot'
> partitions (7 & 8 - which happen to be at the start of the disk) then it
> might work. I'll have to manually edit the table (and disk size field)
> on the new drive, leaving the boot partitions as they are. Then boot the
> Tek with the new disk as an auxiliary, format the root partition on the
> new disk, and copy everything across via dump/restore to the new drive.

Well... that worked :-) I now have a 300MB root partition and a 600MB
'spare' data partition with all OS and user data still intact, and all
without having to rebuild via install media (which I don't have).

It *seems* to be hanging together at the moment. I had it running
earlier and then the filesystem suddenly corrupted itself, but I think
that was the bad block on the drive that I mentioned in a different post
rather than a problem with my hacking partition tables with a hex
editor :-) (the bad block was right at the start of the root filesystem
area of the disk and so probably affected something critical)

Time will tell if it's stable I suppose. I'm going to see if I can get
gcc onto it as the cc that's on there is a little clunky at best...


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