Two drive install

I have two hard drives in the same box. One (sda) holds my current running distribution, 11.4. The other (sdb) I use for experimentation. I have formatted it to have exactly the same partitions as sda. I plan on installing 12.2 on it and testing until I am satisfied I want to make it my new running distribution. If I use dd to copy each partition over to sda what will I need to correct besides the /boot/grub/menu.lst (not grub2) and the /etc/fstab files? My data is on a completely separate partition not under /home/user.

Thanks for any advice.

On Fri, 03 Aug 2012 15:36:03 GMT, ionmich
<ionmich@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

>
>I have two hard drives in the same box. One (sda) holds my current
>running distribution, 11.4. The other (sdb) I use for experimentation. I
>have formatted it to have exactly the same partitions as sda. I plan on
>installing 12.2 on it and testing until I am satisfied I want to make it
>my new running distribution. If I use dd to copy each partition over to
>sda what will I need to correct besides the /boot/grub/menu.lst (not
>grub2) and the /etc/fstab files? My data is on a completely separate
>partition not under /home/user.
>
>Thanks for any advice.

If you use automount check those settings; also check your nfs (client or
server), samba (client or server), and definitely recheck your network
connections (sometimes different OS / versions get different names).

?-)

The DEFAULT_APPEND entry in /etc/sysconfig/bootloader will still point to the swap partition of the first HDD. It will be OK if the two systems use the same swap partition (they should), but it will be a problem if you ever remove the first HDD and the system tries to resume from a non existing partition.

But I don’t understand why you worry about these files if you’re going to install a new system on that disk.