Ronald Paul wrote:
B. Cook wrote:

I've got a dying drive on my hands.. and I know I found a doc/guide on the handbook before regarding this..

something like..

# tar cf - --one-file-system -C /var . | tar xpvf - -C /mnt/var


what would be the best way?

I do it this way:

    dd if=/dev/ad0 of=/dev/ad2 bs=8m

Where /dev/ad0 is the source disk and /dev/ad2 is the destination disk. Make sure nothing is mounted. This process takes place at sector level, so the boot sector, the partition table and even empty sectors are copied. That someone might want to resize some partitions afterwards to be able to use that extra 10 GB.

this is one reason why dump is better. it only dumps what there is to dump. no need to worry about the extra space, etc after the fact

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