I've got a hard drive that I think is going bad. Its got a lot of super important stuff on it, of course I don't have any backups. The reason I think the hd is going bad is because I keep gettings messages that say, "IRQ LOST" and some stuff about the hd. In addition to that its old (10 GB).
I have a 100GB drive that I'd like to replace it with. My question is how can I move the whole OS from the old HD to the new one. I seem to remember there being a utility called dd that would make an exact copy of the drive image.
Another consideration is that its running RH 7.2, and I'm thinking that I'd like to upgrade/switch distros. This computer is mostly a server. It runs my personal website with php and perl scripts, is a windows print server, firewall, and other stuff I can't recall at the moment. Anywho, I'm thinking that I'd like to go to a less enduser centric distro like Debian or FreeBSD but at the same time I don't want something thats going to be a nightmare to migrate.
So, I'd apreciate any helpfull feedback. I don't really need that much hand holding but I'd just like to get started in the right direction to save time since I've got a wife and kids and a job and less time to mess with such things.