Hi peoples, i'm not the most uber linux user(about 3 weeks old) but im managing quite well so far....I have read a bunch of threads on backing up linux partitions and restoring them on other drives etc, but all of the threads and guides i've read are assuming that the linux partitions will be the only ones on the drive that the patitions will be restored to. So here's my dillema
I currently have a laptop with an 80 gig HDD partitioned as
/hda1 75 gig NTFS - WinXP
/hda1 4.5 gig ext3 - Mandrake10
/hda1 0.5 swap
I want to repartition this to
/hda1 30 gig NTFS - WinXP
/hda1 49.5 gig ext3(or reiser, not sure on that yet) - Mandrake10
/hda1 0.5 swap
I really really want to be able to backup my entire 4.5 gig ext3 partition, and then reapply it to my new 49.5 gig ext3 partition. So i don't have to reinstall anything afterwards. Making the partitions is not the issue as i can install windows first then use partition magic to make the 49.5 ext3fs partition or i could even start the mandrake install, do the partition piece apply it then exit so that's no problem.
I guess i just need to know can i backup my 4.5 gig partition, then i need to just put it back in there on the 49 gig partition as though nothing had changed.....and i need to get lilo installed again also.....will i be able to do this from within windows?? as im not gonna be able to get into linux without lilo installed....or are I??
I have an external drive i can use to back this partition up to, and its 60 gig and i can access it in linux fine as it uses fat32 FS(so it reads under windows and linux) so more than enough space there
any info or input into what i should do on this issue would be great if anyone can provide it
EDIT: i have the LILO reinstall issue resolved, using the slackware cd.