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I know that Mator hard drives come with a disk copy program. It works fine with Windows but I am not sure about Linux or even if it can read the file system. If I was you, make a backup of your Linux install, then just restore it.
I had WinXP and Linux on a 10gig maxtor...I picked up a 40gig IBM Deskstar and wanted to put it all on the new hd. I put the new hd in as a slave and kept the 10gig as the master, then I used Hard Disk Copy....It was on a floppy. Booted into the floppy and followed the wizard..If I remember correctly it even lets you save an image of your data in case you goof on the copying. I took my dog for a walk...when i came back, it was done (45min or so). If you google it , you can find shareware downloads...very straightforward program...copies everything...registry, mbr etc.....Hope this helps.
I didn't have a problem.....my box had win98/Linux on it originally, then I used XP to upgrade it...i didn't care about having an NTFS filesystem, I just used win98 for Tribes and wanted to upgrade to XP to check it out. When you upgrade from 98 to XP you can keep your FAT32 filesystem or use NTFS, but when you install XP freshly, you can only do the NTFS...It's been awhile since I've done it, but I'll try to remember how I did it:
I put my new hd in as a slave, used HDCopy, then used partition magic to format the part of the drive that I hadn't filled...i.e. since my original was a 10gig and I had only used about 4gigs of space on it, i had all of this empty space on the new one...i formatted that with Partition Magic and set it as an extended FAT32 filesystem. The program "should" work (like I said, I haven't done it in quite awhile so please don't take my word as bond). I remember that I was squemish to boot it up because I was afraid it had killed everything and just transferred data over...but I was wrong....I could boot into Win98 and I could boot into Linux...I was amazed that it copied the MBR/registry etc w/o incident.....