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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:18 am    Post subject: Transfer Gentoo into another drive? Reply with quote

Hey,
I've thought about converting only to gentoo because I haven't been using my Windows for a while anyway. My Windows is on 1.5TB of hard drive, and (I like to download movies) so I'm always running out of space. I really don't want to re-do everything, so is it possible for me to just transfer from one hard drive to another? They're different types of hard drives so i'm really not too sure if it's possible.
Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, it is...
boot from any livecd, cp -a the files and reinstall/adjust the boot loader
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are happy with your Gentoo the way it is, why not simply wipe out windows and create a new partition? You can then add a mount point to /etc/fstab. That would save you the trouble of coping the operating system. It would be quicker.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or mount your win partition under Gentoo and store your stuff there. ( Look into ntfs3g )
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey,

@skunk-
Would I need to worry about filesystems and such? Like do I need to reformat the filesystem and re-partition stuff or no?

@The Doctor
I would, but mounting it just gives me an extra hard drive...Anything I emerge gets saved onto my current hard drive. Is there a way to make a second hard drive kinda extend the first?

@Woofie
Sounds very complicated. I'll look into it though.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kas_ wrote:
Would I need to worry about filesystems and such? Like do I need to reformat the filesystem and re-partition stuff or no?

it's clearly obvious to me that there must be partitions and filesystems on the destination drive...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@skunk

So on destination drive which is currently ntfs, do I need to repartition and reformat it or no...?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to use it to enlarge partition with Gentoo than yes you will have to repartition it.
But I have my win partition normaly mount in my home and store there almost everything ( I move there my DISTDIR ) and I'm still happy with my 15GB root partition from my first install 2 years ago.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kas_,

Linux isn't fussy where in the world (literally) its filesystems are physically located.
They are all attached to the filesystem tree and behave in the same logical manner.

You easiest approach is to mount your windows partition in the Gentoo filesystem tree as keep using it as is for saving things on.
As Linux permissions and ntfs permissions don't map, this can be a pain sometimes.

The alternative is to reformat your Windows drive, losing all the data that is there now.
Copying your Gentoo install to the Windows drive will force you to reformat at least some of it as you cannot install Gentoo onto a ntfs filesystem.
This may or may not cause total data loss on the Windows drive.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Transfer Gentoo into another drive? Reply with quote

Kas_ wrote:
I really don't want to re-do everything, so is it possible for me to just transfer from one hard drive to another? They're different types of hard drives so i'm really not too sure if it's possible.


Hello

I've had very good results using fsarchiver for transferring systems from one drive to another:

http://www.fsarchiver.org/

In fact, out of the hundreds of times I've used it, not a single failure so far.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Transfer Gentoo into another drive? Reply with quote

Kas_ wrote:
Hey,
I've thought about converting only to gentoo because I haven't been using my Windows for a while anyway. My Windows is on 1.5TB of hard drive, and (I like to download movies) so I'm always running out of space. I really don't want to re-do everything, so is it possible for me to just transfer from one hard drive to another? They're different types of hard drives so i'm really not too sure if it's possible.
Thanks


I did changed my 80GB HD with a 160GB one, and I used cp -a with satisfaction.
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