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Old 10-24-2003, 02:07 PM   #1
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Can parted do this?

Here's my situation. I have an 18GB SCSI hardrive that I split 50/50 between NTFS and ext2 file types so I could run a dual OS (Win2K and RH 9.0). Now my main Linux partition is full. I bought a 80GB HD to remedy the problem that I was going to split as 60GB for ext2 and 20GB for NTFS. However, I came across the "parted" function and am now wondering if there is anyway I can move ALL my Linux partitions (swap,boot,root,etc) to the 80 GB HD while increasing the size of the swap and root partitions. I would then reformat the leftover 9GB of space on the 18GB HD to NTFS so that I would have a 18GB HD for Windows and a 80GB HD for Linux. Anway, just wanted to know if this is possible w/o losing any info. on my Linux partitions or messing up my OS loader (LILO). If yes, I will then read through this mini-novel on how parted works.
Old 10-24-2003, 03:03 PM   #2
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You can change the diskconfiguration to the way that you want it. However I think that you have an exaggerated idea of what parted will do. You will use parted to set up the partitions on the new disk. Then you use other commands to format the partitions, copy files to the new disk, change /etc/fstab, and change /etc/lilo.conf.

After you get your new disk set up and working then you will save the data on the old disk somewhere on the new disk. Then use parted to reconfigure the partitions on the old drive. Then format the partitions on the old drive, copy files to the old disk, etc.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites


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