Cloning a system and copying the partition table to another drive

Gordon Henderson gordon at
Mon Feb 19 16:49:41 CST 2007

On Mon, 19 Feb 2007, Mukarram Syed wrote:

> Hi
> Two part question:
> 1.
> Is there a procedure to moving a drive to another system? Meaning.
> You could disable a mirrored drive from mdadm or raid controller and put it
> in another system, boot it in Single User mode.  Change hostname/IP address
> and boot it off.

I've done this many times. Works a treat for me. I wouldn't use mdadm on 
the donor server - just shut it down cleanly, then remove a drive. Take 
one drive into the new system, then ...

> I tried this on my PE2950's but the other system would not boot.  I don't
> remember the error exactly I think it was referring to the MBR.   Is there
> something in the grub.conf file that we need to modify?

Can't answer this - I use LILO ...

> 2.
> Also in Solaris you could copy the partition table from one drive to another
> using the following command:
> Prtvtoc /dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s2 | fmthard -s - /dev/rdsk/c0t1d0s2
> Is there such a command in Linux using fdisk or something?  I haven't found
> one in my research.

Best to use sfdisk, I've found.

    sfdisk -d /dev/sda > sda.part
    sfdisk    /dev/sdb < sda.part


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