[mythtv-users] new drive

Stephen Worthington stephen_agent at jsw.gen.nz
Wed Nov 23 03:29:40 UTC 2022

On Tue, 22 Nov 2022 13:48:25 -0500, you wrote:

>After more than ten years of mild use my initial storage drive is failing,
>which prevents the system from auto-starting when it needs repair. The
>replacement will arrive shortly, the failing drive has the boot record,
>recordings, banners, db backups, etc., no operating system. Should I clone
>it? use dd, or gparted? If the UUID is different, then fstab will need
>modification too. Is there an elegant way to do this?  TIA  Daryl

If I want to copy a complete drive (or do image backups), I use
Clonezilla booted from a Ventoy USB stick:



So just create a Ventoy USB stick, and then download the Clonezilla
.iso image and put it on the USB stick.  If you are using a recent
version of Ubuntu, it is best to use the "alternative stable" Ubuntu
based version of Clonezilla.  Boot using the USB stick and tell
Clonezilla to copy the old disk to the new one.  I usually also have a
bootable live Ubuntu image on my Ventoy USB stick, so I can then boot
to that and use gparted to re-arrange the partitions on the new drive
(as it is usually much bigger than the old one).

I normally use partition labels (LABEL= instead of UUID=) in fstab, so
copying the old drive keeps those labels the same and I do not need to
change fstab.  But if you do need to edit fstab, just boot a live
Ubuntu from your Ventoy stick and manually mount the new drive, then
go to fstab and edit it.  It is actually possible to use the command
line option on a Clonezilla boot in the same way, but you may find
that the tools you want to use (eg your preferred editor program) will
not be available.  So I usually use a live Ubuntu where I can just do
"apt install" to get any tool I might find missing.

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