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About.com: Adding Space II: Replacing A Drive

Sep 30, 2000, 12:36 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Last time, we covered the steps involved in adding an additional hard drive to an existing Linux system. This time, we cover one last other possible need: the need to replace the primary Linux drive in the system with another."

"There are a number of reasons one might want to do this... In any case, just how such a replacement might be accomplished without loosing data or needing a re-install isn't always clear to the uninitiated. This article will help."

"Since you're toying with your root drive, it's a good idea to get a boot disk ready. In fact, the process I'm going to describe requires that a boot disk be used in order to re-install LILO after the new drive is in place. If you don't use LILO, but instead use another boot manager like System Commander, you may or may not need a boot disk; you'll have to figure this one out yourself. You'll definitely have to create a boot sector of some kind, using some technique, in order to get your brand new drive booting into Linux."

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