Hard disk replacement
ralphs at netwinder.org
Wed Mar 16 11:16:35 EST 2005
François Jacques wrote:
> The FAQ sez: <It supports up to 256MB of RAM and hard disks over 30GB in
> size.> Is the upper limit known or does that mean that nobody ever tried it?
Netwinder.org is (was) running with 120GB without any problems - though
you do need support in your kernel, the very old kernels might not
handle it. Using the "current" 2.4.19-rmk7-nw1 works. The only issue
is startup current requirements, but on the 2.5" drives that is rarely a
problem. For the 3.5" drives it can be an issue.
> Also, I’d like to keep the exact same configuration/files/etc. once the new
> hard drive is installed. I’m looking at ways to backup/restore the
> partitions and,so far, I’ve looked at tar and cpio. Which way can give me
> the best results? IIRC, the NetWinder images (rescue, main) were created
> using tar?
Tar is generally the easiest way to go. If your power supply is big
enough, you can actually put both hard disks into the netwinder and do a
direct drive-to-drive copy. Just like master/slave on a regular PC.
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