>>> Since getting my RH8 install "where I want it", I've been very
>>> concerned with the ability (or in my case, my *inability*) to
>>> successfully restore it to a new drive. I have been creating TAR'd
>>> backups of everything except /mnt and /proc. My questions are:
>>> 1) To what extent to I have to install RH8 on the other drive?
>> None whatsoever i guess, unless you have some piece of hardware that
>> needs to be reckognized at boot AND only redhat provides necessary
>> drivers. (Highly unlikely)
> That's encouraging! I have no such hardware, so I suppose it's just a
> matter of having the right utilities on the boot disk, and of course, a
> lot more know-how on my part.
>>> 2) Can I boot to a boot floppy, create a file system, and restore
>>> everything in the file to the new drive? If so, how do I mount the
>>> drive that contains the backup file, when I have no fstab? How do I
>>> size the partitions? The boot floppy I made for RH8 only seems to
>>> want to boot the image from the hard drive. Are there utilities on
>>> there as well?
>> In short, yes you can.
>> Fstab is of no importance, you can mount ok manually.
> I'm still referring to my slightly older Redhat Bible and usenet for
> most of my commandline syntax, but something like 'mount /dev/hdd'? I'll
> hunt it down. :)
>> As for partition
>> sizes, add output of "fdisk -l /dev/xxx" to your backup,
> So, if I'm currently doing this (below), how would I add that?
> tar -zcvpf /mnt/Windows_E/linux_bak/full-backup-`date
> '+%Y-%m-%d'`.tar.gz \--directory / --exclude=mnt --exclude=proc
> --exclude=etc/squid --exclude=var/spool/squid
> --exclude=home/mark/file_archive .
>> create partitions of same size. Of course, there's no need for new
>> partitions to be exactly the same size they used to be.
> I'd expect the other drive to be bigger, and I'd want to take advantage
> of the space. I just copied the output of the fdisk -l for /hda, so at
> least I know what I've got now.
>> Create your own boot+root disks, see
> Looks like a great resource - thanks!
>>> I have tried other alternatives, such as mkcdrec, and mondo, but I've
>>> had problems with both. I've tried Norton Ghost, but it complains
>>> about a faulty sector and just aborts. In a nutshell, before I move
>>> to RH full time, as I am *very* inclined to do, I need to know that I
>>> can get it back if necessary.
>>> Thanks for whatever help you can throw my way.
>> Dont forget to adjust /etc/fstab and bootloaders conf file.
>> Most important thing, test everything! You wont be happy to find
>> out that your backup resides on reiserfs file system but your rescue
>> disks have no clue about how to access it (etc etc).
> That (testing/practicing) is exactly what I'm doing now. I feel great
> about this, and so far, have gotten past 95% of the issues that I've
> hit, but not having an absolutely reliable backup (or not knowing how to
> do it) gives me a queasy feeling. Thanks for your help. I really
> appreciate it.
Well, I didn't have much luck working from the RIP rescue boot disk,
although I think I got close. Ultimately, I ended up installing a fairly
plain vanilla install of RH 8 on another drive, and then restored the
TAR'd backup, re-ran lilo, and in fact, I'm using that restored drive
now. So, it can be done, although I think I still need to shed some of
that Windows way of thinking to do it the "right way". :)