Upgrading - a little basic help please
Posted on 2005-05-10
I have a server setup running RH8 and I want to upgrade to Fedora Core. On a different computer, I installed the latest FC4 test and got everything working and the bugs out and its ready for my purposes. So..
I want to do a fresh clean install on a new hard drive, then copy certain files and folders from the old hard drive onto the new one.
I'm not a native Linux user, so I have some questions:
1) How do I temporarily mount the 2nd (older) hard drive but be sure that the system doesn't boot from it - I want to then remove that hdd to use in a different machine. I want to mount it only to copy files from it. Shouldn't be a problem, but I'm concerned that if it is there during install that the system will then complain that its not there later. So should I physically connect the drive only after intalling FC? Or does it not matter? What commands do I use to mount it and access it? (sorry, I've never had a multi-drive setup in Linux before)
2) When I copy said files and folders, can I do it in such a way that timestamps, permissions, and ownership are NOT changed in any way? Command please?
I know I can probably look this stuff up but its important that I avoid any pitfalls so I decided to ask here just to be sure. Thanks.