[mythtv-users] How to make mythbuntu 10.4 system disk clone bootable?

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Sun Aug 7 22:42:53 UTC 2011

On Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 9:57 AM, Craig Huff <huffcslists at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ok.  This shouldn't be so hard, but...
> I have been searching with google and trying various methods with no
> success.  Can someone tell me how to do this?
> I had a running MythBuntu 10.04 FE that stopped booting.  I found
> (once I switched from the S-video input to the VGA input with a *real*
> monitor ;-) that the SMART system actually flagged the disk as dying.
> I added a replacement disk hanging outside the case like a drunken...,
> well you know.  Then I booted into the MythBuntu 10.04 install CD
> trial mode.  I ran Synaptics, added gparted and used that to clone the
> old disk onto the replacement.  The old and new disks are single EXT4
> partitions for the O/S and another small (about 380MB) swap partition.
>  I then used gparted to enlarge the O/S partition on the replacement
> disk to use the rest of the available space (moved from a 4.3GB disk
> to an 80GB).  I mounted the disk temporarily and browsed thru the
> clone contents and it looks ok. I unmounted it and now I'm trying to
> make it bootable but having no luck. My old notes were for grub, but I
> believe this system uses grub2.  All I'm getting are complaints about
> not finding a suitable partition.  Oddly, when I ran "grub-probe -d
> /dev/sda1" I got back "ext2", but if I run parted, it tells me it's an
> ext4 partition.  I've pretty much run out of ideas at this point.  Any
> help making this clone bootable?

At what point do you get to in the boot sequence?

Do you need to tell the bios to boot from that particular disk?

Do you need to run grub-install or whatever it is called to put grub
on the MBR? (does gparted clone the mbr or just the partitions?)

If you get a grub prompt can you boot?

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