General :: Move Smaller Hard Drive To Partition On A Larger Hard Drive?
Mar 16, 2010
My parents bought a new hard drive for a laptop that I've owned for several years. It's much larger than the current one, so I plan on splitting it up to dual boot it with Ubuntu.I have no problem with partitioning a drive (I always keep a LiveCD handy), but my question is this: how can I go about moving the existing partition to the new drive? This is a laptop, so I can't simply plug the new drive into another slot.
Also, even if I manage to move it, will Windows still work on the new drive in a larger partition? I've had this laptop for quite a while, and I've lost the recovery discs that came with it a long time ago. I also have a lot of software without CDs to reinstall them with. This makes not reinstalling Windows a high priority.
I'm sure that this is posted somewhere but I have not been able to find the right search terms. I have a Dell Vostro 1700 which has 2 physical hard drives. I installed Natty to the 1st drive and during the install I used the entire 2nd drive as /home. I would like to upgrade the 2nd drive to a larger faster drive. I have the new drive in a USB enclosure so that I can access both drives. I'm pretty sure I need to boot from the CD to do this. Then I need to copy all files unmount the small drive then shut down, install the larger drive and have the system recognize it as /home. I am just starting to creep out of N00B stage and don't want to screw this up.
I have ubuntu server acting as a router installed on a 60 gig drive, i'd like to use that drive in another machine and replace it with a 5 gig drive. how can i transfer from the 60 gig drive to the 5 gig drive?
I am trying to move a whole bunch of files from one partition on one hard drive to the same partition on another hard drive. Can I mount the same partition (same name, different drives, i.e. /data on /dev/hda1 and /data on /dev/hdb1)and copy those files? Shutdown the server, take out /dev/hda1 and boot up with the new drive and it's /data contents.
I got a dell inspiron 1501 laptop with a 80Gb sata drive what is the best solution to add data storage space for someone that love to have multiples operating systems at hand Note: I use mostly linux so I won't need to change my laptop for many years maybe ...
i have installed fedora 14 with so many libraries ,development tools installed on my pc but i usually have to present some projects which can run on my system .........and can't be executed or compiled due to absence of libraries and tools there so, i there some way to so that i can use this current installation on my hard drive of my pc to some external media like external hard disk and plug and use that installation anywhere on any system..
I've got a Redhat Enterprise Linux 5 system that I installed, had a contractor install some stuff, and then found out that I need to transfer it to another, smaller hard drive.
I haven't done this in a few years, and the last time I did it I had simple ext2fs partitions. I could just use fdisk to make a partition, mkfs.ext2, cp -ax everything to the new drive (or if the new drive was the same size/larger, I could just use dd), install lilo or grub, and move on with life. Now I've got this complex LVM system and I don't know where to begin. Worse, I can't seem to find a HowTo or anyone else's question on forums like this.
How can I transfer my complete RHEL5 system to another (smaller) hard drive?
I am looking for an Open Source software making it possible to make a disk image of an Ubuntu installation as well as a Windows XP installation.I have checked out Clonezilla which almost solved the problem. However, the disk to which you restore needs to be the same size or bigger. I want to restore the whole thingo a smaller disk than the original.I am considering getting myself an SSD disk which will be considerably smaller than the 160 gb disk I have right now. I need it to work for Windows as well. Unfortunately I can't get rid of Windows quite yet I often participate in webinars on GotoWebinar and they do not support Linux ...
This is the equivilent of a DJ going into the"dusty records bin"to play an old song.I've got a hard drive that's left over from a Mandriva Spring 2008 computer and I need to copy the photos off it to a DVD and move them to a computer running Ubuntu.I can't seem to get the Ubuntu computer to access what's on the Mandriva drive, so I've loaded Mandriva Spring 2008 on another computer.
I've accessed the photos I need easily enough, but can't copy them to a storage medium so I can move them to the other computer. I've tried two USB devices, an external DVD drive and a flash drive and can't just copy (or drag 'n drop) the files to the other devices.This evening I may try a portable hard drive, again with a USB connection, and see if that works.
If there's a fool-proof way to do this by using a terminal, I'll try that. I haven't been able to devote enough time to Linux to familiarize myself with terminal commands. Or, if there's a program that will run under Mandriva Spring 2008 that will let me accomplish the transfer, I'll try that as well.
I'm trying to install Ubuntu 9.04 on an HP Compaq dc5000 uT with Windows XP Pro. service pack 3. Downloaded the ISO file and burned a CD with Infra Recorder. The demonstration version works ok as far as I can tell, this is my first try at using any form of Linux. If I can get Ubuntu to work I plan to get rid of Windows completely. I'm stuck at step 4 of the install process, all options in the partition window are dimmed, nothing is clickable.
Trying to install Fedora 12 using the 6 CDs. Trying to install on an older x86 box.Problem is that when detecting my hard drive, Fedora 12 recognizes it as a sda hard drive instead of hda hard drive. I have no SCSI connected to my computer what so ever. It's an old fashion PATA Western Digital hard drive.If I proceed with the install, Fedora 12 only installs 200MB of the OS from the first CD only. No options for additional software or anything.
I want to move the entire contents of my backup HD to another HD. I could manually copy everything, but I was hoping to clone the entire backup hard drive. I tried to do it with Gparted, but as far as I can tell, I can't clone between drives, only between partitions on the same drive (I've done that before). So how can I do this in Linux? I think one of my drives came with a cloning utility on a CD, but I'm not sure I still have the CD.
What is one of the best ways to partition my hard drive? It's 110GB. I will be installing Fedora with XFCE but I want to also install other linux distro on the same laptop to experiment and I want to have the iso on the hard disk and install them from the hard disk. I'm not sure how many distro I will try but I could remove the ones I don't like.
I have one hard drive that is filling up and I went and got another hard drive and installed it into the machine. How do I move files from the full hard drive to the almost empty hard drive. I only have about 400mb left on the full drive. Or should I move the Ubuntu 8.04LTS OS to the new drive?
I am buying a new laptop and of course it comes with Windows 7, I prefer not dual booting and want to keep windows on a separate hard drive for that once in a blue moon I need windows, the hard drive is pretty sweet and I would rather use the new hard drive for Ubuntu and put windows on a smaller slower drive.The laptop obviously dont come with the Windows CD
The HDD on which I currently have my Ubuntu partition(s) (as well as a Windows partition) is dying on me (non-zero bad sector count, with warning pop-ups from Ubuntu). I have already ordered a replacement hard drive*, but I was wondering if there is a simple way to transfer the contents of my current hard drive to my new hard drive in such a way that the new one will be a fully functional replacement (e.g. so that everything will boot and run properly on the new hard drive). Which is a different size (bigger) than the current drive.
I am using Asus eee PC model 1001P and I am running ubuntu netbook remix on it. I have a 160 GB hard drive. When I was installing ubuntu I assigned only 50 GB for it, thinking that I will use the remaining partition for windows. But right now after using UNR, I don't want to use windows at all. Is it possible that I can assign the remaining 100 GB unassigned partition back to Ubuntu without reinstalling the whole operating system again?
I came in this morning only to find that the Intel Core2 hyperthreading Dell machine is dead. It appears the processor is fried.
I have a new white-box X2 system that I will replace the dead Dell with. The X2 (AMD) does not have a hard-drive (HDD) so, I will simply put the SATA hard-drive into the PC.
Some of you may know how to do this, but I don't know where to begin after I get the Hard-drive in. (I know how to move a Windows configuration from one PC to another and handle it as it begins to blue screen (BSOD), but I don't have a clue with Linux)
This system was built with GRUB. At the very least, I expect the GRUB boot managet to surface on the display. But, what next....
I was testing an OpenSuse setup as a server. Nothing fancy and NO applications added. The only customization was the MB's LAN card and the display was set at 1024x768. I had 2 users, root and myself. What would you do? Is there some boot time options that I should follow?
I have a newly built desktop with not disk drive yet. I just put Ubuntu 9.10 onto a flash drive successfully and booted it onto my desktop. It boots up the Installer boot menu and asks me if i want to run Ubuntu from the USB or Save it to hard drive. I select save to hard drive but when i turn the pc off and take out the flashdrive Ubuntu does not stay on the machine?
Am I able to move Music folder to a different hard drive without moving my whole /home or do I just make a folder there and call it Music and change all the programs that use the music's default music folder?
I have a laptop with only 30GB storage and I want to install Lubuntu in virtual box but Lubuntu needs 5GB of storage space which i dont have. Could i use an external 160GB hard drive to act as the hard drive for the virtual machine without affecting the files that are already on the external hard drive
I have a SATA drive that worked fine. Then I installed two more hard drives into my system. When these hard drives are installed, if I try to access the SATA drive in Linux, it will start lightly clicking and then the drive will become unavailable. If I power on the machine without the other two hard drives then it works fine. What could be causing this to happen? I don't think it's heat because the two hard drives are far away from the SATA drive.
I wonder if anyone can help me. A little background, I wanted to move my xp install to a bigger hard drive. I used Saikee's method and worked fine (as usual). My machine was a dual boot system, the xp partition was with little space so I get rid of my vista install, deleted its partition. That went fine also. Rebooted directly to XP.The problem is as follows:
a) In order to increase the size of my xp partition (old machine, athlon64 1gb of RAM) I moved my data partition to the left in order to have unallocated space near the xp partition. That was successful, I rebooted and everything was fine.
b) I run again Gparted and increased the size of the partition. Gparted told me the process was successfully applied. I rebooted.
c) after post I get the following error "error reading disk, press ctr-alt-del". I did it like five times and I get the same message.
d) With my xp install disk I tried fixboot and fixmbr and nothing changed
Since I have the original hd, I did it again, and the same thing happened after resizing xp partition, before the resizing process I was able to boot normally. I used Gparted live cd v 0.6.2 and as far as I recall I left "adjust to mib" option
one would have to exclude certain folders / directories but would the backup be possible if the system is up and running in its native "live" state ? Which directories could be excluded ? Does swap need to be turned off ? I would like to make incremental backups on a separate partition of the same hard drive. I will endeavour to backup the MBR/ Partition table using dd.
I would like to install Ubuntu (latest stable) on a VirtualBox machine, set it up, install several apps, and then deploy it on a real PC. I think the main issue is the new hardware (which sould be different from the 'virtual' one). What should I do at that time? Is Ubuntu able to detect and install the new hardware?
I have a volume group that is made up of a number of physical volumes. I am thinking of consolidating all the small physical volumes onto one big drive. Is there any benefit in this, besides making administration easier? How do I go about doing this? From what I have read, it looks like I should have to do the following
1. add the new big drive to the VG 2. use pvmove to move the smaller PV onto the new PV 3. use pvchange -xn to make sure the old PV can no longer be allocated 4. repeat for all the small PVs. 5. use pvremove to remove all the small PVs
Where /dev/sda1 is actually a 80 GB hard drive. Is there anyway I can safely and easily repartition the unpartitioned space without causing a huge mess? I have a very important Oracle database on /dev/sdb1 and thus I want to be able to back it up on the second disk. I can create a partition on that drive?
I have looked for this on the web, but haven't found a complete answer yet. I have installed Fedora and XP on a small hard drive. I now have a new hard drive and would like to copy the entire filesystems of both OS to bigger partitions on the new hard drive. (Or at least the fedora one)
OK so not long ago i updated my pc to the latest version of Ubuntu, but it ran so slowly that i reinstalled a previous version (9.04). I wasnt too bothered at the time as i had two hard disks in my machine, one which help programs and the os etc (an IDE), the other larger (SATA) one for all my media.
However when i booted up my computer after the reinstall, my second HD was no where to be found. So i tried
mount /dev/sda /media/HD2
And that didnt work, i even tried putting it into the fstab file and that didnt work either. So i had a look at the hard drive details via GParted, and it was telling me it was unallocated. Weird.
So next on the list was testdisk. I ran test disk once using the default option file type of 'Intel' when analysis the disk and it told me there were no partitions - same again when i did a deeper search. I tried analysing the disk again but this time i chose 'None' as the filetype, and this time it came back with a possible partition. But when i tried to view the files on the partition i simply got the following message
Cant open filesystem. Filesystem seems damaged
I really would love any help for this problem. Mainly the videos and music are replaceable, BUT the biggest loss would be a lot of personal photos.
I have just put a new hard drive into my laptop (new drive is dev/sdb) I have formatted the new drive as an ext3 system. On my old hard drive I'm dual booting windows 7 and ubuntu, so my old drive (dev/sda) has several partitions. I am trying to copy ubuntu which is on dev/sda3 (which is itself an "extended" file system composed of sda5 "ext3" and sda6 "linux swap") to dev/sdb. Once copied i intend for the new drive to be an exclusive ubuntu drive and the old drive an exclusive windows 7 drive (by getting rid of dev/sda3 whose content should now be on dev/sdb.) Ubuntu was installed on the old hard drive after windows 7.
I understand the boot loader will be affected although I'm unsure how. I have Gparted installed. I have looked at the man page for the dd command although I don't know how it would work in my particular example. I have also looked at Clonezilla although I don't know if this is appropriate for what I want to do. I have read a few similar threads although I found some of them difficult to follow.
I want to copy my ubuntu install to a bigger hard drive, and am not quite sure what to do. According to my google searches, I need to run ubuntu from a live cd, then in a partitioning program copy the ubuntu partition to the new one, then resize it. Is that all? Do I need a linuxswap partition on the new hard drive? I have been using kde partition manager to arrange my new partitions. On one hard drive I have the partition I want to install ubuntu on(what type should this be? ext4?) and a partition to share between ubuntu and windows, and then will use my old ubuntu partition for installing windows xp.
I have an existing install of 10.4 on a 320 GB hard drive without home in it's own partition. I have a new 500GB hard drive that I want to install 10.10 on. After installing 10.10 and making /Home on it's own partition can I copy the entire old home folder including the hidden files to the new home partition on the new hard drive so that all of my programs and files are saved. I don't have enough room left on the old hard drive to create and copy home to a new partition. Am I going about this the right way or do I need to rethink and do some kind of backup restore on the new hard drive or some other way. I am trying to accomplish this so that in the future I can install a clean copy of Ubuntu when they are released without losing my current settings and files. I started out with 7.10 but my learning curve is slow.
I have a Toshiba laptop with BIOS that will not recognize USB as a boot medium (I have purchased two USB 'thumb' drives with Distro's that do boot but the BIOS see them as HDD devices!)I did manage to install and boot a distro from the USB HD but ended up with the USB drive having to be connected' to select any of the OS partions, to boot anything.I do realize that somehow, when installing the new distro on the USB drive, I changed the GRUB configuration to be on the USB drive which obviously I did not want, so can
I have an external USB hard drive that I need to recover some data from, but I see from fdisk -l that the partition uses LVM:
[root@localhost ~]# fdisk -l /dev/sdd Disk /dev/sdd: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
I've followed various lvm tutorials all of which describe setting up lvm from fresh on empty disks. Unfortunately non mention how to 'install' new a drive that was previously set up with lvm. I have had a go anyway and may have now lost my data. Here's what I've ended up with (the partition in question is sdd1):
[root@localhost ~]# pvdisplay --- Physical volume --- PV Name /dev/sdd1 VG Name vg02
I've tried mounting with other fstypes, but all give the same error.
i was reformatting the hard drive of a laptop & in doing so i accedently deleted the partition of the portable hard drive & now the hard drive dosent show up is there a way to fix this & get the data back