|I’ve had my current Linux install on a 300 gig drive for over a year now while my previous system was on a 500 gig drive, along with an ancient copy of Windows XP. That drive has been laying around collecting dust. I’ve been wanting to “copy” it over to
this larger drive. My initial thought was to “replicate” my current disk over to it the way I did it in this previous post: “How to Clone a Dying Hard Disk.” This however, would’ve wiped the Windows XP partition, which came with my computer that I just haven’t quite brought myself to do (I might want to compile some Windows binaries with it with PAR, and for whatever reason, I’ve never been able to get ActivePerl to install on my other Windows 7 installation after several attempts). Anyway, I was looking for another way to just copy individual partitions, rather than the entire drive. Here’s what some research suggested and what I was able to get to work (YMMV! – WARNING: MANIPULATING PARTITIONS IS INHERENTLY DANGEROUS, A MISTYPED COMMAND CAN INSTANTLY DELETE YOUR DATA! I can NOT guarantee that these steps will work for you in your situation, I can only state here from memory what worked for me! I’m not responsible if this does not work for you, so if you are not comfortable attempting this, then DON’T!): 0) (Optional, informative) Check if your running distro is fully up-to-date with packages, update anything that you need/want to update. Do hdparm -i; -I; -t; and -T commands writing out the results, save ’em to compare to your new drive if you want to compare the performance of the two disks. 1) Boot up into a LiveCD and use GParted to (re)create and format partitions, MAKING ABSOLUTELY *SURE* YOU SELECT THE *NEW* DISK EACH TIME!!!!!!!! Also make sure your LiveCD didn’t mount anything (if so UMOUNT it!) 2) Try using GParted to copy the old partitions to the new ones one at a time.
(MAKE SURE YOU SELECT YOUR EXISTING PARTITION(S) FIRST to copy, then paste into your NEW drive!) If this fails (or GParted won’t let you paste) for a partition, try (as root with NEITHER mounted):
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