hard drive replacement questions

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Thu Sep 20 02:07:07 UTC 2012

You're way overcomplicating things.  If your drive is called /dev/hda, it's 
IDE, but newer Linux kernels use the SATA syntax for all drives, so your 
drive is probably called /dev/sda on 2.6.26 and later.  However, there is a 
simple way to answer your questions:

hdparm -iI /dev/sda

Make sure the hdparm package is installed.  At a minimum, it should tell you 
the brand and model which you can look up on Google, but it should also tell 
you if the drive is IDE or not.  IDE drives are pretty much impossible to 
find nowadays, so I hope it's SATA.

As for moving your Linux partition to another drive, dd should usually work 
fine unless you have unusual circumstances.

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