[K12OSN] NOW SATA I hope

Brian Chase networkr0 at cfl.rr.com
Fri Dec 10 19:16:01 UTC 2004


My advice is to build another box with the SATA drives and network the 
two via NFS or SMB and move your data over only.  This way you get a 
clean install, and never go without being able to get to your data.

That's the way I would do it.  With PC hardware being so cheap, you can 
always relegate the old box to some other duties after moving over to 
the new one.

And stay away from Promise on the new box, go with 3ware RAID controllers.


Liam Marshall wrote:

> Ok, my local distributor has some reasonable prices on SATA drives now.
> I am thinking to replace the old tired small non protected scsi drives 
> with 4 - 80GB SATA drives in either raid 5 or 10 configuration using a 
> Promise Controller.
> I help someone setup a DELL server that came with a Promise controller 
> (ATA) and it worked fine.  I actually used my burned discs of K12LTSP 
> 4.0 to install Linux on their machine, minus the LTSP part, just a 
> server.
> It worked.  During installation Core recognized the raided drives as a 
> single scsi device, which is what linux does on a raaided IDE or ata 
> system, right?
> Anyway, I figure if it worked there it will work for me.  Only problem 
> is I want to do this over Christmas holiday and transfer all from my 
> old drives into the new drives.
> I have no idea how to do that.  My 2 old scsi drives have partitions 
> scattered across them.  /  (root) is by itself on one scsi drive, 
> while /home /opt and the /swap partition are one another scsi drive.  
> I also have a cheap ide drive that has nothing on it but the boot 
> partition.  I am assuming that can stay.  But how do I transfer the 
> other partitions over to the new raided drives I will be installing, 
> and then decommission the old drives in order to use the new?
> If someone could point the way or help in this it would be great
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