[SATLUG] Hardware challenge, Part II

Alan Lesmerises alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Fri Aug 7 10:25:45 CDT 2009

Tim wrote:
> --- On Thu, 8/6/09, Alan Lesmerises <alesmerises at satx.rr.com> wrote:
>> From: Alan Lesmerises <alesmerises at satx.rr.com>
>> Subject: [SATLUG] Hardware challenge, Part II
>> To: "SATLUG Mail Group" <satlug at satlug.org>
>> Date: Thursday, August 6, 2009, 7:25 PM
>> I've been working on the old Compaq
>> system Art Hall had asked about cloning the old HD (from a
>> few days ago), and I've run into an issue that I can't seem
>> to find an answer for.
>> I'm trying copy the boot files from the old drive to the
>> new (in a terminal window running under a live CD version of
>> GPartEd), and when I go to copy the files I need, I get an
>> error "Cannot create regular file xxxxxxxx  Permission
>> denied."
>> I've made sure I was operating as root (su), that the
>> drives were mounted as rw, and the rw permissions for the
>> mount points are fully open (chmod 777).  I've tried
>> changing permissions on the files themselves (they're
>> -rw-------), but it won't let me.
>> Does anyone recognize what's going on here and know what I
>> can do to copy these files?
>> TIA.
>> Al Lesmerises                
>   A few months ago I replaced the 160gig drive in my laptop with a 320 and while my memory isn't what it should be, I think I did with something like dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdc bs=512. Now, that probably isn't exactly right.  And the result was my vista partition and several linux os's were copied over byte for byte; and my 320 is now a 160.  Again a byte for byte.  I switched drives, booted into one of the linux os's, and used gparted to reclaim the other 160 gig.  You should be able to copy the mbr using a similar dd command.  Just my 2 cents.
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That may do the job, but it still doesn't answer the main question -- 
why can't I copy those files?  What is it that cp doesn't like?

Al Lesmerises

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