[Linux4christians] Repartitioning the hard way...
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Mon Jun 6 12:07:07 EDT 2011
Daniel Reurich wrote:
> Hi Eddy,
> On Fri, 2011-06-03 at 22:49 -0700, Eddy wrote:
>> ...I'm contemplating an upgrade
>> with no backup disk available, and I have a lot of stuff I want to keep.
how much space are we talking about? 20-30 Gig? 100 Gig? the reason I
ask is that the size/number of the files _can_ affect the advice. If
you have a DVD burner and time on your hands then going through a stack
of blank DVDs isn't that big of a deal on 30 Gig. moreso on 80+ Gig
since you'll want to check the files to be sure you didn't get a bad burn.
this also stands for large file copying (sync'ing is better IMO) to
> I'd strongly recommend you get a good backup of the information you need
> to retain - 2 backups if you can afford it. Your asking for pain if you
> don't have a backup.
>> I want to move the data... then upgrade or change the OS (no recommendations,
that's alright, I'm willing to let you stumble along in darkness. ;-)
>> I've read in a few forum and blog posts that [Qt/G]parted can handle
>> moving data out of the way before putting in planned new partition
>> points, but I can't find any hard info on how to do it.
> You'll be wanting to undertake this sort of operation from a live-cd|
> dvd|flashdisk, and that means GUI tools may not be a realistic option.
my experience with Gparted, and GUI (r)sync/mirror software in Linux has
been very good over the last several years.
> Command line is usually the chosen environment for these sorts of
> invasive changes.
with the newer programs available I'll go with this as "preference" for
the most part. this is dependent on particular file systems and
confidence/experience of the user.
>> If I had the extra cash, I'd just grab a second hand disk...
there's not a magic bullet for this. if you don't use a backup then be
prepared to lose your data. NO software is perfect and anything can go
wrong at any time.
Be aware, you probably won't be able to create a partition at the
"front" of the drive. using Gparted you'll be shown the available free
space at the end of the drive. If you are going to put Microsoft
Windows on the machine this will be an issue. not because "it's not
Linux", but because Windows doesn't like running from someplace other
than the first partition.
Linux/BSD is much more forgiving on where things are partitions wise.
as stated earlier, use either a LiveCD or a LiveUSB. I'll suggest
something like Puppy Linux (just used latest 525 and was pleased).
Puppy has Gparted and GUI file sync'ing programs that will help you through.
as far as creating a bootable USB flash drive, I would suggest
UNetBootin. with it you can grab a LiveCD iso image and install it to
the flash drive with just a few clicks.
these are just my suggestions. YMMV.
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