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Hi,

I have a small box with exchangeable HDDs. On one HDD I have a Suse Linux install I want to back up to a network drive and then copy it onto another drive inserted into the box. (i.e. boot from diskette with network capability, map network drive, make drive image with Ghost, shutdown, exchange HDDs, reboot with same diskette, map network drive, use Ghost to 'download' image onto the new drive). Everything seems to work, but after copying onto the other drive, the Lilo boot menager is totally messed up and produces bits of text in the middle of the screen. I have copied the whole drive and set Ghost to include boot sectors etc in tne image. Any advice what could be causing this problem and how to solve it?

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by:Adrian Dobrota
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lilo is a bit more complicated than Ghost can handle. Probably your issue is due to different drive geometry.
Just boot from first suse cd, type "linux recovery" from console when prompted ("linux" simple would start the install process) then follow the wizard, then chroot /mnt/sysimage, and now all you have to do is type "lilo" and let it write itself on the masterboot.
If still no go, then try the LBA32 option in /etc/lilo.conf and then rewrite lilo again. "man lilo.conf " will give you detailed parameters info.
If still no go, then paste here your /etc/lilo.conf file contents and we'll see what's the problem. Also the exact models of the two drives is needed.

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by:Wojciech Duda
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i'm sorry but I cannot continue working on this right now. I will check back with you on Monday.
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take your time :)  
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Do you have partition smaller than ~20 MB? It seems that Ghost has problems with small partitions.
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by:Wojciech Duda
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Sorry for leaving you without input. I#ll try to look into your suggestions today.

The two drives are both IMB Travelstar IDE drives, Model-No. is DARA-206000, capacity 6,00 GB.

Unfortunately, the machine I use cannot be equipped with a CD-ROM drive for booting. Therefore I need a way to check what is wrong with the boot manager without booting from a CD...

Also, there are no partitions smaller than 20 MB.
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do you own a recovery diskette then ?
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by:Wojciech Duda
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Is it important to have a specific recovery diskette or is a generic one enough?
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a generic one is enough but you'll have to specify the root partition then.  
something like " linux root=/dev/hdx"  where x is the number of your partition. I assumed "hd" for an IDE drive but it can be replaced with "sd" if you have a SCSI or SATA drive.
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by:Wojciech Duda
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Okay sorry for abandoning the question, but I was out of town.

I have solved my problem myself and simply used Powerquest DriveImage instead of Norton Ghost. Worked flawlessly.

I will request a question delete.
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Err, I will request a close and refund.
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