Not to be presumptious, or rude, but I've read the first part of this
thread (a bit late, yes) and I'm just confused.
If you're going to go so far as to prep the drive at home, before
driving to the NOC, with a unrunnable OS on a labeled disk, it seems silly.
Do a typical install of FreeBSD 6.4/7.1 on this disk. Let it be as
full as to boot an operating system (but maybe skip out on the
networking blah blah setups).
Bring this (verified) bootable disk to the NOC, install it as da0
Move the old, 73GB failing disk to da1
Boot the Dell, maybe running in single-user mode
You've got a pristine format (or pristine enough) to restore the
filesystems on top of it.
Rebooting with da0 again to see if your network settings, startup,
apps, etc etc etc all start as appropriate.
Only if this method fails, do you use the Fixit CD and "fix it"
Am I crazy to think this is the more logical, more straightforward way
to perform this migration? If Grant has already done the job, more
power to him, but I just found it a little confusing that one would
label a drive, format it, and possibly spend more time with the slower
CD-ROM based Fixit than running off a nice, new 10k/15k RPM drive to
If my method above is failing a point, I'd be more than happy to hear
your statements and correct my procedures for it. My method above has
only one tricky part, is to restore the 'a' partition from olddrive to
newdrive. -- and that is probably a piece of cake.
Grant, good luck (if you haven't done it yet).
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