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Old 03-08-2007, 07:05 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by bgeddy
This may be a weird request but here goes.. I currently have 2 hard disks installed on my box; hard disk 1 is 13Gb and is my primary bootable disk. It boot to lilo which then boot XP from disk 1 or Slackware from disk 2 (20Gb). Here is my "df -h" to give you a better idea :-

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hdb1             943M  477M  417M  54% /
/dev/hdb6             5.6G  3.4G  1.9G  65% /usr
/dev/hdb7             1.9G  1.1G  759M  58% /opt
/dev/hdb8             9.3G  4.2G  4.6G  48% /home
/dev/hda1              13G   12G  1.1G  92% /winxp
As you can see I mount hard disk 1 under Slack to be /winxp.

Thing is I am thinking of buying a 300Gb disk for this box and would like to devote half to WinXP and half to Slackware (I run Slackware 11 with a 2.6.17 kernel. I have spent AGES configuring my Win and SLack installations to be just how I like them and was wondering whether there was a way to "image" or "ghost" my existing partitions from the 2 hard disks to new (and obviously much larger) partitions on the new 300Gb disk so my system worked as it does now but with LOTS more space ? I know I would have to change my lilo configuration for the new booting from a single disk but I reckon that is the easy part - it's the "imaging" bit that worries me! I really don't want to have to install all my apps for both OS's again and tinker with all the settings I have taken months getting just right. The 2 existing disks would then be put into another box for other uses. Hope this is possible but I realize it may be a long shot. Thanks in advance..


Why not just use the 'dd' command to copy each partition to a new hard disk partition. You should read the LQ post on dd that AwesomeMachine posted. Very informative!

You would have to do some drive swapping but that is just mechanical and should not be a big deal.
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Thanks to all for the valuable input - I never appreciated the power of th "dd" command. The link 'onebuck' supplied was really informative. I can see that this utility could be really dangerous in the wrong hands (i.e. stupid bad typers like me). Anyway - nothing ventured nothing gained as they say...




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