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- Join Date
- Sep 2004
To install a new hard disc
Old HDD - Seagate 1T SATA II without partition
New HDD - WD Caviar Black, Model: WD1002FAEX
1 TB, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache, 7200 RPM
WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA Hard Drives ( WD1002FAEX )
Virtualizer - Orcle VirtualBox (VBox) (Version 3.1.6 r59338 ) (new Version 3.2.8 )
My target to get a new HDD of equal capacity is :-
The VBox was originally installed on the package download on Sun website not on Ubuntu repo. Therefore I can't run upgrade to install the new version of VBox on repo.
(Remark: I did it before upgrading the new version of VBox on Sun website. Afterwards it took me several days to fix the problem before the virtual machine can work properly)
Steps to be performed:-
1) Install Ubuntu 10.04 on the new HDD as host and Oracle VBox on repo afterwards
2) copy all VM images (*.vdi) from the old HDD to the new HDD
3) start Oracle VirtualBox and install the new VMs using the all old *vdi images
I hope above steps will work without much problem. If fail I'll perform following steps to clone the old HDD;
1) connect both new and old HDD to SATA ports
2) start the PC with an installer (Linux)
3) Run following commandCode:
dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb
5) boot the PC
6) start Ubuntu 10.04
Comment and advice would be appreciated. TIA
This is my first time using WD HDD. I have been using Seagate HDD for prolonged time.
WD Caviar Black, Model: WD1002FAEX is SATA 3 HDD. But I'll run it on SATA II port with the pins reset. I have made some search before. WD Black series works perfect (of course it can't be compared with SSD and WD VelociRaptor). I can accept its price which is about 40% more expensive than other brand of equal size. Neither I would consider adding a PCI-SATA 3 interface card. I prefer upgrade the complete PC. 1T HDD capacity will be sufficient for my present use. The old HDD will be reused on another PC (also a virtual machine running KVM/QEMU) which is now running a 600G Seagate HDD. The 600G Seagate HDD will be used for storage.
- Join Date
- Mar 2005
- Corona, CA
A bit of advice, 1GB is a rough estimate of disk space; one disk might have a couple more megabytes than the other, which can make dd fail (can't copy 1001MB onto a 999MB disk). I usually leave a bit of disk space (100MB?) wasted at the end of the disk, so that this isn't an issue.
Also, if you have files on an HDD then you have to have at least one partition (unless you're using raw disks with Oracle). sudo fdisk -l can show you what your disks look like (forget if it's in /sbin or /usr/sbin).
- Join Date
- Sep 2004
Thanks for your advice.
Follows are info of the running HDD
$ sudo fdisk -lCode:
Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x0003a4bf Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 1 118706 953505913+ 83 Linux /dev/sda2 118707 121601 23254087+ 5 Extended /dev/sda5 118707 121601 23254056 82 Linux swap / Solaris
$ df -HCode:
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 962G 481G 432G 53% / none 4.1G 304k 4.1G 1% /dev none 4.1G 295k 4.1G 1% /dev/shm none 4.1G 209k 4.1G 1% /var/run none 4.1G 0 4.1G 0% /var/lock none 4.1G 0 4.1G 0% /lib/init/rw
$ df -aCode:
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 938544104 469119672 421749140 53% / proc 0 0 0 - /proc none 0 0 0 - /sys none 0 0 0 - /sys/fs/fuse/connections none 0 0 0 - /sys/kernel/debug none 0 0 0 - /sys/kernel/security none 3963088 296 3962792 1% /dev none 0 0 0 - /dev/pts none 3968004 288 3967716 1% /dev/shm none 3968004 204 3967800 1% /var/run none 3968004 0 3968004 0% /var/lock none 3968004 0 3968004 0% /lib/init/rw binfmt_misc 0 0 0 - /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc gvfs-fuse-daemon 0 0 0 - /home/satimis/.gvfs
This box is mainly used for testing software, NOT for production. There are still plenty of space. Data are copied to external HDD periodically.