From: Rick Moen (rick at domain linuxmafia.com)
Date: Tue 26 Jun 2001 - 05:17:45 IST
begin cnb at domain eircom.net quotation:
> I'm wanting to move my server from one machine to another. Is it
> possible to move a partition from one drive to another or is there a
> better way to go about this?
In general terms:
Don't forget that you'll also have to make the system bootable, which
most often requires booting from some maintenance floppy or CD, manually
mounting what's going to become the root filesystem as /mnt, and then
running "/mnt/sbin/lilo -r /mnt -v".
> Also, does it matter which drive "/" or "/var" is located on ie.
> "/var" being on sda2 or sda3?
For performance reasons, it might matter somewhat. In general, you want
to split head-seeking activity between physical drives, so you generally
want to split the subtrees that take highest traffic between them. You
might also want to try to group all the high-traffic subtrees in the
middle of each physical drive, to keep the average seek _distance_
small. (Seeking between cylinders is by far the slowest action a hard
drive must take.)
Other than that, and the fact that (on x86) boot files can only operate
only within the first 1024 logical cylinders (other than on very recent
machines), you can put partitions pretty much anywhere, physically.
(And don't forget that some bootloaders are finicky about what they're
willing to branch to, e.g., some on x86 have a problem branching to
logical partitions inside an extended partition -- if memory serves.)
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