[conspire] questions on next steps to use external firewire harddrive

Darlene Wallach freepalestin at dslextreme.com
Mon Jul 23 11:46:33 PDT 2007

Thank you to Rick Moen, Daniel Gimpelevich, and Jim
Stockford for input and feedback!

1. Here is what is reported by df -h for the external
firewire harddrive:

$ df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb2             148G  189M  140G   1% /media/ieee1394disk

Since the disk is really larger and I specified
+2G for swap and +161G for the remaining, and

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/sda: 163.9 GB, 163928604672 bytes

am I correct in assuming that about 21G is bad blocks?
I used:
mkfs.ext3 -c -c /dev/sda2 157236187

Since I used the mkfs.ext3 as stated above, which I
assume wrote to the disk using 4 test patterns, should
I also use the following command to really zero out
the harddrive before I use it?

#  dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1

2. What is the best way to transfer/move data from my
internal hard drive to the external firewire

Should I use
dd if=/dev/hda2 of=/dev/sdb2 bs=512 count=1

$ df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda2              18G   17G  385M  98% /home

Should I use tar?
Should I use mv?

I assume I should keep my login on /dev/hda2
and just move the all the data to /dev/sdb2
So that indicates I should not use "dd".

As you can see my internal hard drive is dangerously

Thank you for your attention,

Darlene Wallach

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