Hot disk change.

Fabio Catunda fcatunda at
Tue Apr 20 10:10:01 CDT 2010

Tino and Jens,

# fdisk -l (with comments about what is what)
/dev/sda1               1         243     1951866   82  Linux swap / 
Solaris (SWAP)
/dev/sda2   *         244         729     3903795   83  Linux (/boot)
/dev/sda3             730        3161    19535040   83  Linux (/)
/dev/sda4            3162       30318   218138602+  83  Linux (/var)

I'm not that worried with the partition table because I can just delete 
the partition, create it again with the new size and use resize2fs to 
resize the file system. Usually I do that with virtual machines and it 
works, shouldn't be different with a real hardware, right!?

I'm really worried to know it Linux would be able to read the old disk 
connected on a different SATA port.

Cupertino, I got worried with your solution because I don't know is I 
can expand the virtual disk  and things like that, I don't have much 
expertise with RAID controllers. And if something goes wrong (read: if I 
make something wrong), I will loose everything. I do have backup and 
everything, but I prefer a short downtime.

Thanks again.

Fábio Catunda.

Tino Schwarze wrote:
> Hi Fabio,
> do you have some kind of LVM or other means of volume management in
> place? What's your partition setup like? Please post output of
> df -h.
> Tino.
> On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 11:28:58AM -0300, Fabio Catunda wrote:
>> Thanks for all responses.
>> Now I see that I am in trouble.
>> I really cannot install everything from zero, it will take too long and 
>> might not work.
>> I would like to know your opinion about the following procedure:
>> 1 - Shutdown
>> 2 - Remove both disks
>> 3 - Plug both 2TB new disks and create a new virtual disk on the controller
>> 4 - Plug one of the old 250GB disks in a separate SATA connector
>> 5 - dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sda (where sdb is the old disk and sda is the 
>> new virtual disk)
>> 6 - fstab, resize2fs, etc, etc...!
>> I really don't know if the OS will recognize and be able to read the old 
>> disk plugged in another SATA connector.
>> Thanks in advance.
>> Fábio Catunda.
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