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Old 03-12-2010, 08:38 PM   #1
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How to Move a Folder From one Partition to Another

Hello, I searched Google for this answer, but I'm a the noobiest of them all,and don't understand the concept of mounting.

Anyways, I recently got into the whole HTPC scene, and picked up an Acer Revo for my self, with a media center OS (XBMC) that was apparently modded from Ubuntu. Keep in mind that I can only use the terminal for any of this, as the GUI is just for video settings, etc.

So, XBMC just totally crashed on me, and the GUI stopped working. The files were still there, I just couldn't watch them. After many hours of tinkering, I decided to just reinstall XBMC, but make two partitions, and then move my movies and stuff to the new, working partition, and afterwards, delete the old, non working one.

I just don't know how to move from one partition to another.

So, can someone explain, in absolute layman terms, how to move my "Movies" folder from my first partition, to the New one?

Thanks in advance
Old 03-12-2010, 08:51 PM   #2
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Is the new partition mounted?
If not, or you don't know, post the output of (as root)
fdisk -l
Old 03-12-2010, 09:14 PM   #3
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Alrighty, thanks for the reply

The output for fdisk -l is

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB 500107862016 bytes 

(I assume this is unimportant but tell if it is)

Device      Boot     Start       End   Blocks         Id      System      
/dev/sda1   *          1        24413   196097391      83   Linux
/dev/sda2              24414    60801   292286610      5    Extended
/dev/sda5              59673    60801   9068661        82   Linux swap /Solaris
/dev/sda6              24414    58543   274149162      83   Linux
/dev/sda7              58544    59672   9068661        82   Linux swap/ Solaris

Partition table not in disk order
Old 03-12-2010, 10:00 PM   #4
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Post the entire contents of fdisk -l as it will show the partition table of all disk that are mounted on your machine.
Old 03-12-2010, 10:38 PM   #5
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Just wondering why do you have two swap partitions? You don't need two swap partitions even if you are dual booting.

If you are wanting to move files from one partition to another, lets say you booted to your primary os located on /dev/sda1 and you would like to move file from that to your other partition located on /dev/sda6 you need to mount that partition. Open a terminal login as root on your main os or prefix the command with sudo then make a mount point call it what you want. In this example I used name-of-dir then mount the partition. Depending on what os you are using the new mounted drive should show up on your desktop as a icon. When done moving files un mount the drive with the umount command.

:# mkdir /mnt/name-of-dir

:# mount /dev/sda6 /mnt/name-of-dir


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