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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ Transfer Linux to new HDD

Posted by: GPRS Mar 12 2011, 07:57 AM

Hi everyone.

I was asked to move a Linux System from an old SCSI Drive to a new IDE Drive.
The PC the SCSI Drive was in, is gone, and I had to use something like to connect the Drive in the new PC to copy it. But first I wanted to check if the system is running. It is not. The following errors came up:

kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k block-major-8, errno = 2
VFS: Cannot open root devie "803" or 08:03
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 08:03

Now is the question how to transfer the complete system from the SCSI to the new IDE HDD.

What software could I use to clone everything?
Should I clone the data first or get the System running first?
After cloning, how do I get the system running again (since its a new PC what about drivers?)

For your help I want to thank you in advance!

Greetings - GPRS

Posted by: michaelk Mar 12 2011, 06:00 PM

Do you have any idea what linux distribution was running on the old system? Without knowing this information it will be difficult to say what problems you might encounter with
trying to get it working with the new PC.

It is not necessary to get the old system running but you need a distribution that runs from either a liveCD or USB that has the necessary SCSI controller drivers. I would try ubuntu live CD version and see if it is able to detect and load the proper modules.

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