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Re: new ssd in dell optiplex 745, won't even load grub




On Saturday 28 October 2017 17:08:45 David Christensen wrote:

> On 10/28/17 11:31, Gene Heskett wrote:
> > Greetings all;
> >
> > I've partitioned and formatted this 64GB SSD, copied everything from
> > both working partitions of a 2TB drive to it, filling it up to a
> > whopping 18%, edited the SSD's version of /etc/fstab to use the
> > proper blkid's to mount it including swap, and edited
> > /boot/grub/device.map to point at the /dev/disk/by-id
> > description/identifier of the drive.  And set the first partitions
> > boot flag.
> >
> > But pull the 2TB, and plug its cables into the SSD, and grub is not
> > loading.
> >
> > What did I miss?
>
> For system drives, I use dd to copy raw drive contents from one device
> to an image file, from one device to another device, and from an image
> file to a device:
>
> partition table/ boot loader
> boot partition
> encrypted swap partition
> encrypted boot partition
>
>
> For this to work:
>
> 1.  I use BIOS firmware and MS-DOS partition tables.
>
> 2.  The destination device needs to have at least as many blocks
> available as were used by the source device.  I have several 16 GB
> SSD's and 16 GB USB 3.0 flash drives for this purpose.  As different
> "16 GB" devices can have a similar, but unequal, number of blocks, I
> typically use no more than 90% of the available space when I install.
>
>
> Given your significant size mismatch (2 TB -> 64 GB), and possible
> UEFI and/or GPT, you might want to use a more sophisticated tool. 
> Clonezilla comes to mind.
>
>
> David

That optiplex is too old to have ever heard of UEFI, with suitable thanks 
to $DIETY.

Which (clonezilla) may fix what I think is the last problem. I have it 
booting now, but my gui login to TDE says my passwd is not good.  But 
goto the login's menu and select a console login, and there it works.

Since this gui is TDE, I've asked Slavek what might be wrong & how to fix 
it. TDE has its own tdepasswd, but needs a working gui to run, so I'm 
screwed either way.

So, I'll saddle up and go get my missus a paper so she can have her daily 
crossword fix, and see what Slavek or Timothy has to say.

Thanks.

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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