New Install as an update on system with six drives.

http://www.slhess.com/pictures/5611mess.jpg
Yea I know dirty fans :wink:

I am thinking of doing a new install of 11.4 and then importing all my data from my current 11.3 installs /home/flamebait into the new install. I have six drives mounted on this system however and wonder how I should go about painlessly transitioning to the new install. Should I disconnect all the drives then bring them back in one at a time or leave them attached and set them up during the install? This is pain I’ll have to suffer at some point no matter what I do. What are your suggestions?

No I don’t have this data backed up I simply don’t have the space to do so. I wish I did.

how is it partitioned? Generally of plain partitions just be sure that all the partitions are mounted as you want and set to NOT format. If you have some fancy setup like LVM volumes let us know.

They are all ext 4 or ext 3 and no RAID or anything BIOS is set to IDE most have one partition.
One has a partition for backing up /home and has the swap partition.
/ and /home are a separate drive.

Well just for information I have an extra 30 Gig partition that I can use to install and test new OS I configure to not mount my home. When I’m satisfied that all is ok I rename the /home directory and set fstab to mount my old home partition at /home. I also still control boot from my old (ie don’t install grub boot stuff). Then when I fell good about it all I will reinstall grub to boot off the new. Now my old becomes my new and the new is current. and I have a place to test things for the next advance. This does require having setup that extra partition dedicated to the next new thing.

On 2011-05-07 23:06, FlameBait wrote:
> What are your suggestions?

None, as I don’t know how are those disks mounted.

My guess, I would install to a free partition, leaving the old root
untouched. Or do an upgrade.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” at Telcontar)

Right now I am leaning to buying a new drive and doing a install of 11.4 then dragging the stuff I need from my back up of /home and leaving my current drive with / and /home untouched. Then adding the other 4 drives one at a time.
my fstab is in here towards the end

Device: /dev/sda
Size: 465.76 GB
Device Path: pci-0000:00:14.1-scsi-1:0:0:0
Device ID 1: ata-WDC_WD5000AVDS-63U7B0_WD-WCAV95924946
Device ID 2: scsi-SATA_WDC_WD5000AVDS-_WD-WCAV95924946
Device ID 3: wwn-0x50014ee1ad79ec01
Hard Disk:
Vendor: WDC
Model: WD5000AVDS-6
Number of Cylinders: 60801
Cylinder Size: 7.84 MB
Bus: IDE
Disk Label: MSDOS

/dev/sda1  /bu 
/dev/sda2  /linux swap


Device: /dev/sdb
Size: 465.76 GB
Device Path: pci-0000:00:14.1-scsi-1:0:1:0
Device ID 1: ata-WDC_WD5000AADS-56S9B0_WD-WCAV97260650
Device ID 2: scsi-SATA_WDC_WD5000AADS-_WD-WCAV97260650
Device ID 3: wwn-0x50014ee1583ea61d
Hard Disk:
Vendor: WDC
Model: WD5000AADS-5
Number of Cylinders: 60801
Cylinder Size: 7.84 MB
Bus: IDE
Disk Label: MSDOS

/dev/sdb1 /mmshare

Device:
Device: /dev/sdc
Size: 465.76 GB
Device Path: pci-0000:00:11.0-scsi-0:0:0:0
Device ID 1: ata-WDC_WD5000AVVS-63M8B0_WD-WCAV96843392
Device ID 2: scsi-SATA_WDC_WD5000AVVS-_WD-WCAV96843392
Device ID 3: wwn-0x50014ee1ad8ba498
Hard Disk:
Vendor: WDC
Model: WD5000AVVS-6
Number of Cylinders: 60801
Cylinder Size: 7.84 MB
Bus: IDE
Disk Label: MSDOS

/dev/sdc1 /
/dev/sdc2/home


Device:
Device: /dev/sdd
Size: 465.76 GB
Device Path: pci-0000:00:11.0-scsi-1:0:0:0
Device ID 1: ata-WDC_WD5000AAKS-22A7B0_WD-WMASY4550447
Device ID 2: scsi-SATA_WDC_WD5000AAKS-_WD-WMASY4550447
Device ID 3: wwn-0x50014ee0564494e6
Hard Disk:
Vendor: WDC
Model: WD5000AAKS-2
Number of Cylinders: 60801
Cylinder Size: 7.84 MB
Bus: IDE
Disk Label: MSDOS

/dev/sdd1 /moreAnime

Device:
Device: /dev/sde
Size: 465.76 GB
Device Path: pci-0000:00:11.0-scsi-2:0:0:0
Device ID 1: ata-WDC_WD5002ABYS-02B1B0_WD-WCASY7880549
Device ID 2: scsi-SATA_WDC_WD5002ABYS-_WD-WCASY7880549
Device ID 3: wwn-0x50014ee258c3f217
Hard Disk:
Vendor: WDC
Model: WD5002ABYS-0
Number of Cylinders: 60801
Cylinder Size: 7.84 MB
Bus: IDE
Disk Label: MSDOS

/dev/sde1 /data


Device:
Device: /dev/sdf
Size: 465.76 GB
Device Path: pci-0000:00:11.0-scsi-3:0:0:0
Device ID 1: ata-WDC_WD5000AADS-00S9B0_WD-WCAV95847745
Device ID 2: scsi-SATA_WDC_WD5000AADS-_WD-WCAV95847745
Device ID 3: wwn-0x50014ee1582a180a
Hard Disk:
Vendor: WDC
Model: WD5000AADS-0
Number of Cylinders: 60801
Cylinder Size: 7.84 MB
Bus: IDE
Disk Label: MSDOS

/dev/sdf1 /last

fstab:

/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AVVS-63M8B0_WD-WCAV96843392-part1 /                    ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 1
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AVVS-63M8B0_WD-WCAV96843392-part2 /home                ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 2

proc                 /proc                proc       defaults              0 0
sysfs                /sys                 sysfs      noauto                0 0
debugfs              /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto                0 0
usbfs                /proc/bus/usb        usbfs      noauto                0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAKS-22A7B0_WD-WMASY4550447-part1 /moreAnime           ext3       user,acl              1 2
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AVDS-63U7B0_WD-WCAV95924946-part2 swap                 swap       defaults              0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AVDS-63U7B0_WD-WCAV95924946-part1 /bu                  ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 2
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5002ABYS-02B1B0_WD-WCASY7880549-part1 /data                ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 2
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AADS-00S9B0_WD-WCAV95847745-part1 /last                ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 2
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AADS-56S9B0_WD-WCAV97260650-part1 /mmshare             ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 2

mtab:

/dev/sdc1 / ext4 rw,acl,user_xattr 0 0
proc /proc proc rw 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs rw 0 0
debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs rw 0 0
devtmpfs /dev devtmpfs rw,mode=0755 0 0
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs rw,mode=1777 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts rw,mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
/dev/sdc2 /home ext4 rw,acl,user_xattr 0 0
/dev/sdd1 /moreAnime ext3 rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,acl 0 0
/dev/sda1 /bu ext4 rw,acl,user_xattr 0 0
/dev/sde1 /data ext4 rw,acl,user_xattr 0 0
/dev/sdf1 /last ext4 rw,acl,user_xattr 0 0
/dev/sdb1 /mmshare ext4 rw,acl,user_xattr 0 0
fusectl /sys/fs/fuse/connections fusectl rw 0 0
securityfs /sys/kernel/security securityfs rw 0 0
nfsd /proc/fs/nfsd nfsd rw 0 0
rpc_pipefs /var/lib/nfs/rpc_pipefs rpc_pipefs rw 0 0
none /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc binfmt_misc rw 0 0
/proc /var/lib/ntp/proc none ro,nosuid,nodev,bind 0 0