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Re: transfering amongst partitions

Perhaps this would be helpful:


On Thu, Mar 01, 2001 at 04:20:43PM -0700, David Bishop wrote:
> 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 currently
> 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 tried
> to use tar in the past, but had permision issues (things ended up being owned
> 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 that
> you guys not laugh too loudly.	Laughing up your sleeve is perfectly
> acceptable, though :-)
> TIA and HAND,
> D.A.Bishop
> 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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Nate Duehr <nate@natetech.com>

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