> So , my observation is that changing fstab does not make a difference.
This reminds me that there’s a second place that needs to be changed (I
ran into this myself back in March when I was imaging a SLED setup and
had forgotten about it) - the root partition is pointed to in the
menu.lst file in /boot/grub - that actually is used to get the system set
up to mount the root partition so /etc/fstab can be read.
Note one needs to be careful when using dd, as if one has a problem, and gets innovative (and make a mistake because one does not know what one is doing) one can completely devastate the original drive. Having provided that caution, this dd clone was a breeze for me.
Jim, I succeeded to clone the drive and Netinstalled 11.3 to boot. My next step will be to clone the hd with the curretly used O/S with all mail messages etc on it and then upgrade it. If that works then 11.3 will be usable - for me.
Thank you very much for your assistance. It is muich appreciated.