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I have about 40GB of data on a partition I want to convert to XFS. would it be faster/safer to move or copy all the data first, and then just make the new filesystem (and then copy it all back, of course), or convert it with all the data still on there? are there any good tutorials for converting ext3 to XFS? I saw something in a gentoo wiki, but I think they recommended not converting but doing it more traditionally (umounting, making new fs, etc.)
Ahh, I see, it's a special algorithm, well certainly you should follow their advice:
Add to that 'Have a nice day '
anyway, I just copied the data and converted the partition. I didn't time it, but I think it took about an hour or hour and a half. now i just have to copy the data back. tried and true -- the best method.