On Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 08:33:07AM -0500, Grant Peel wrote:

> Hi all,
> 
> I know that if I dump a filesystem (lets say a full dump), that everything 
> says the restore filesystem needs to be at least as big as the one the 
> dump was made from.
> 
> But I dare ask this question anyway ...
> 
> If I have a filesystem that is 10 GIG, but because I am only using 2 GIG 
> of that can I restore it to a 3 GIg file system?
> 
> I ask becuase somehow I have a 73 gig drive, but all my spare hard disks 
> disks are only 36 Gig.

Should be no problem because dump/restore work on a file-by-file basis
and not blocks or other hardware divisions.   Since it will have to
build directories and such, it might come out just a bit bigger than
the actual dump file, but it should only use in the ballpark of the
size of the dump file.   

Anyway, it does not depend on the size of the file system that was 
dumped, but rather on the amount of data that was dumped.

////jerry

> 
> -GRant
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