[Linux4christians] Repartitioning the hard way...
hpp3 at lavabit.com
Tue Jun 7 03:44:19 EDT 2011
On 06/06/2011 09:07 AM, Preston Boyington wrote:
> 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.
If 'du -cs' is to be trusted, I have ~ 60G in my home folder, about half
of which is taken up by VMware and Virtualbox stuff.
It's only Windows, that can go... ;)
> my experience with Gparted, and GUI (r)sync/mirror software in Linux
> has been very good over the last several years.
I've used it to good effect when partitioning a new drive for
installation or extra storage, but not on a 'live' system.
Now that I think of it, I could probably test out many of these ideas on
a virtual machine, just to get the steps down.
> 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.
Oh no, that wasn't my concern at all, I was just hoping to keep the
existing data where it is, perhaps "scooting" it more towards the
'front' to make room for a new partition.
Then, I'd copy my home stuff into the new spot and re-install into the old.
That way, upgrading is more comfortable and backups more convenient.
> 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
> 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.
Thank you, I appreciate all of this very much.
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