[CentOS] dying hd on live legacy system...

Fri Apr 25 19:55:38 UTC 2008
Jason Pyeron <jpyeron at pdinc.us>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On
> Behalf Of Dan Halbert
> Sent: Friday, April 25, 2008 1:46 PM
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> Subject: Re: [CentOS] dying hd on live legacy system...
> >>>  What is the most practical method to replace the hard drive?
> >> Install another drive (same size or larger), boot from CD in rescue
> >> mode and use the dd utility to copy the old drive image to the new
> >> disk (example: dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdb). However, the failing
> >> hardware could make this problematic. Then remove the dying disk and
> >> install the new disk on the cable where the old disk was so that the
> >> new disk is now /dev/hda.
> >>
> >
> > Tried this, I should have been more clear above. When I access certain
> > sectors the machine reboots.
> Just to confirm: you mean the machine reboots even when this disk is not
> a system disk? Suppose you mount it readonly (maybe it's doing atime
> updates unsuccessfully?)?
> If it's a peculiarity of the controller, you could try putting it in as
> a data disk in another machine with a different kind of disk controller.
> You could even put it in a Windows box and use one the various free
> utilities to look at the Linux filesystem - perhaps that would not
> exercise whatever issue is causing the reboots.

I am going to put it in a USB enclosure and follow the other advise here so
far. 1st try the noerror, etc.. then try the ddrecover

> If you've gotten the vital data off and any customizations out of /etc,
> the crontabs, etc., then if possible, maybe you could just do an
> "rpm -q -a" to get the current package list, and then diff that against
> the list you get on a fresh install to figure out what you need to add.

The issues is are there files outside of rpms which are needed but unknown?

The system has evolved from a pre rh7 box (was that ever fun)

> Dan
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