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RE: transfering amongst partitions

I will explain it my way , got a bit confused with your explination ..

You have one hard drive lets say 10 GIG. 4 Gig for NT , 2 GIG for var .. and
what ever

If you don't want any data from the NT drive , do the following

Unmout the NT partition , so when you type in " mount " at the bash , it
should not be in there ( The NT partition) now you can mke2fs or format that
partition . so now you have an epty , unmouted partition . Lets say you want
to use that partition as /var. Make a directory called var2 , and copy all
of /var into var2 ... so you are copying the /var contents into a folder
var2. Now unmount the /var partition , since you did not have a /var
partition , but a /var folder , you can delete it afterwards. now mount /var
onto the empty partition , so when you are done , and type " mount " at the
prompt again , it shoul show you that /dev/hdax is now mounted as /var . Now
just copy the var2 contents into the /var partition .

Reboot if you want to check that everything comes up fine


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-----Original Message-----
From: David Bishop [mailto:david@bishop.dhs.org]
Sent: 02 March 2001 01:21
To: debian-isp@lists.debian.org
Subject: transfering amongst partitions

So, I trying to convert a machine that has been dual-booting NT and Debian
for awhile, mainly because I just noticed that I haven't booted into NT in
over two months :-)  I want to reclaim that lost disk space that is
an NTFS partition, and that's where I'm stuck.	The current layout of the
drive is hda1=ntfs, hda2=/, hda5=swap, and hda6=/home.	hda1 is 4 gigs, and
hda2 and 6 are two gigs each.  Now, I assume it would be easiest to
re-fdisk/format hda1 to be ext2, then copy all of hda2 over, then hda6 as
well, delete everything but hda1, and refdisk to make a four-gig hda2, and
recreate the swap.  Sounds easy, right?  Well, therein lies the troubles.

First, I don't know of a safe way to transfer all of those files.  I've
to use tar in the past, but had permision issues (things ended up being
by root).  I could use dd, but that's a block-by-block transfer, right?  So
the partitions would have to be the same size? cp has the same problems as
tar, and how does copying device files work? I thought I read that would
screw stuff up.

Oh, and how do I boot up afterwards?  I forgot to mention that there is no
floppy disk available, so I can't just boot off of a rescue floppy and rerun
lilo when everything is schootched around.

So, I am undoubtably making a mountain out of a molehill, and I just ask
you guys not laugh too loudly.	Laughing up your sleeve is perfectly
acceptable, though :-)



P.S. Of course this box is running some web services so it can't be down for
longer than about 1/2 hour.  Just making things easy on me B-)

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