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Re: [opensuse] Moving / and /boot partitions
On 2014-03-23 08:19 (GMT-0400) James Knott composed:

In preperation for a new motherboard, I'm moving my system from a pair
of IDE drives to a SATA drive. I have copied all the partitions by
using cp -a to the new drive. However I cannot get the system to boot
with / and /boot on the new system. I have tried various things
including the Yast Boot Loader and grub2-mkconfig, but can't seem to get
the new partitions to work. While I realize I could just reinstall to
the new drive, I'd prefer to move the existing system over.

I do what you're trying to do often, and successfully, but I use rsync -av instead of cp, or literally clone followed by changing volume labels and UUIDs on the cloned filesystems. Ultimately Grub needs to be installed/configured correctly on the appropriate new location(s) as well. All my Grub cmdlines and fstab entries for Linux native partitions use volume labels rather than UUIDs, device names or device IDs. I have too many installations successfully created this way to keep track of, though none of my openSUSE installations have Grub2 or os-prober installed, including my 12 13.2m0 and 17 13.1 installations, besides older and other distros.

Maybe you should tell us exactly what steps you took rather than summarizing. You might be on the edge of success, missing just one little thing.

BTW, with the original Grub, it was possible to have descriptive titles
in the boot menu, so that you knew what you were booting. Why isn't
this possible with Grub2. Even in the advanced menu, I only see 4
entries with identical titles.

How about showing us the relevant portions of the file containing those stanzas? Did you do any manual editing of grub.cfg? What if anything have you done with /etc/default/grub on the SATA? Have you done anything in the BIOS to make sure the SATA is HD0, or tried booting the SATA with both PATA removed (power and/or control cables disconnected)? Exactly what is the BIOS setting for HD controller(s) when failure is occurring? Are you already trying to use the new motherboard?
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

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