[Dirvish] Bare Metal Restore

Dave Howorth dhoworth at mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk
Fri Oct 22 10:17:03 UTC 2010

Rich Shepard wrote:
>    I have a couple of older IDE hard drives and I think the older of the two
> is getting ready to croak. Because hard drive prices continue to plummet, I
> can buy a 500G/7200 RPM SATA2 drive (either WD or Seagate) for $50. That
> more than doubles the current capacities of the current setup.

Personally I'd buy a Hitachi rather than either WD or Seagate.

>    Dirvish has been working flawlessly for almost a year now and I've
> actually restored a file or two from the backup, but never a full restore
> onto a new hard drive. When I was figuring out dirvish I did not see
> anything in the wiki about restoring files, only how to configure the backup
> system to accept them. For that matter, a look now at the wiki does not find
> anything either.

Since dirvish just stores images of the complete file tree, there's
nothing to say. Just copy your chosen image into your new file system,
using cp or rsync or whatever your favourite file copying tool is.

Cheers, Dave

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