Archiving workstation hard drives

Ray Arachelian ray at
Wed Jan 3 21:48:49 CST 2007


Even nicer, if you have ssh setup (or rsh, yuck) you can actually dump
it to another machine:
dd if=/dev/whatever | bzip -9 | ssh otherhost "dd

I'm not sure that slice2 on a sun machine will include the boot sector,
but it will include the partition table, so you'll want to get details
for whatever system you're running.  I'm not sure that you'll want to
use the raw device name there however.

Another choice would be ufsdump or whatever it's called on your system
(possibly fsdump or just dump.)

Richard wrote:
> In article <459C5D4E.4050802 at>,
>     Ray Arachelian <ray at>  writes:
>> dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/junk bs=65536
>> rm /mnt/junk
>> umount /mnt
>> dd if=/dev/dsk/c0t1d0s2 | bzip2 -9 >/somewhere-else/disk.dd.gz
> Nice!
> Presumably this can be done by taking the disk out of the existing
> system and attaching it to a SCSI bus on another system?
> Also, presumably I'd use the device name that is the "raw" disk
> device.  Isn't that what unix typically called it?

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