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Old 09-28-2006, 11:17 AM   #1
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swapping drives ?


Im currently running slack on a 2gb hard drive, ive got a 20gb partition just set up using ext2 (same as the slackware drve)

My question is...

Would it be possable to copy over my entire slack drive onto the 20gig partition and edit the fstab to change the 20gig partition to root?

Would this actualy work?

Ive done a little searching around but im flummoxed as to how to phrase a search for this question.

Surely someone on here must have tried it before?
 
Old 09-28-2006, 01:20 PM   #2
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Yes, that would work. You'd also need to update lilo so it boots off the new partition.
 
Old 09-28-2006, 01:43 PM   #3
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See my reply here: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=486362

I use tar to move the files required while maintaining permissions and run lilo after.
 
Old 09-28-2006, 01:49 PM   #4
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I use tar to move the files required while maintaining permissions and run lilo after.
`cp -p` will also do and is much faster.
 
Old 09-28-2006, 02:43 PM   #5
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I'd also suggest changing to a journaling fs. ext2 fsck's are going to get tedious on a 20g drive.
 
Old 09-29-2006, 05:36 AM   #6
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It worked.

I just used cp -ax / /[new drive]

Transfered everything over, made a /proc directory
Then went about editing the new fstab and editing lilo to boot the new root.

Worked pretty well and im probably going to have to do it all over again...

See im slowly trying to phase out windows.
I've got a wife and daughter who know next to nothing about computers, I'm sick of my daughter downloading viruses and me spending hours trying to get windows back up. As soon as they start getting used to Slackware and it's all configured and bug free then I'm going to transfer everything i need off the other fat and two ntfs partitions and get down to a sane partitioning scheme.

so far my fstab loks like this:
Code:
/dev/hda5        swap             swap        defaults         0   0
/dev/hdb5        /                ext2        defaults         1   1
/dev/hda1        /c               vfat        defaults         1   0
/dev/hdb1        /d               ntfs        ro               1   0
/dev/hdb6        /e               ntfs        ro               1   0
/dev/hdc1        /download        ext2        defaults         1   1
/dev/cdrom       /mnt/cdrom       auto        noauto,owner,ro  0   0
/dev/fd0         /mnt/floppy      auto        noauto,owner     0   0
devpts           /dev/pts         devpts      gid=5,mode=620   0   0
proc             /proc            proc        defaults         0   0
Im looking to get rid of /c(20gb) /d(20gb) and /e(40gb)
Any advice on a new partitioning setup would be appreciated.
Im still pretty new to the file structure and dont know which directories will require the most breathing room.
It looks like a nightmare right now but it should work out pretty well once ive finaly phased out the other os.
 
  


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