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Old 08-09-2004, 06:08 PM   #1
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Want to split a partition without data loss.

I installed Fedora Core 2 on my new PC, but I find it a little unstable, so I want to try other distros. However I don't want to lose all my data. I have one physical hard drive 160 GB in size. This is the output of `fdisk -l`:
Disk /dev/hda: 164.6 GB, 164696555520 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 20023 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1          13      104391   83  Linux
/dev/hda2              14         102      714892+  82  Linux swap
/dev/hda3             103       20023   160015432+  83  Linux
What I would like to to split hda3 into 2 new partitions, one 50 Gb in size, the other filling the remainder. I'd like to have one mounted on /home (the 50GB), the other on /. However I'd still like to keep all the same data currently on /home. So I'd like to somehow be able to create a new artition out of an existing folder. Is that possible?
Old 08-09-2004, 11:56 PM   #2
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With any disk utility as sophisticated as Partition Magic, you will still need to backup just in case something bad happens. If you do not have the money for Partition Magic. You can use QT Parted. I have not use it, so I can not say anything good or bad about it.


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