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i recently bought a new and larger hard drive for my computer. i put it the machine as '/dev/ad3'. while educating myself about this new drive, i installed freebsd 5.3 on one of the slices. i am ready to eliminate the old 'ad0' and want to move the new drive so it will become '/dev/ad0'. will BSD operate in its new location without any changes to the configuration files? perhaps '/etc/fstab', and what else? or should i just reinstall freebsd after i have reconfigured the machine? com...

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    i recently bought a new and larger hard drive for my computer. i put it
    the machine as '/dev/ad3'. while educating myself about this new drive,
    i installed freebsd 5.3 on one of the slices. i am ready to eliminate
    the old 'ad0' and want to move the new drive so it will become
    '/dev/ad0'. will BSD operate in its new location without any changes to
    the configuration files? perhaps '/etc/fstab', and what else? or should
    i just reinstall freebsd after i have reconfigured the machine?
    com
    jrrelay@juno.com Guest

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    com wrote:
     

    Well, a reinstall would certainly work, but it's so "Windozy" ;-)

    What does /etc/fstab look like now? And maybe what
    does `mount` say?

    One thing is certain .... the new drive would need
    the FreeBSD MBR (or another boot loader) at the
    very least; you didn't mention where you were booting
    from, (but I assume from the new disk?)

    Worst case scenario: you get to learn a lot about
    the bootstrap process. IIRC, that's currently chapter
    12 in the Handbook (www.freebsd.org/handbook).

    Good advice: backup personal data, regardless
    of what you choose to do....

    Sorry I can't give you more help, but as a relative newb
    myself, I'll have to leave the real answers to the "real men"
    out there.

    Kevin Kinsey
    Kevin Guest

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    On Fri, 18 Mar 2005 com wrote:
     

    Definitely change ad3 to ad0 in fstab before you shut down and move
    the drive.

    Kevin's right in suggesting you may need to add an MBR or boot loader.
    See the man pages for boot0cfg for the menu loader, or fdisk for the
    plain, non-menu-just-boot-now version.

    -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
    Warren Guest

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