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#1 2010-09-20 13:26:42

From: Minnesota, USA
Registered: 2003-07-30
Posts: 374

Upgrading drives for root partition

I have a drive that is old and has a lot of pre-failures according to SMART. My plan is to upgrade from a 250 GB to 500 GB drive. I know dd works great for cloning and such, but here is my question. Would partitioning the new drive to the same swap size but fully utilizing all the added space on the drive (EXT4) and doing cp -ax from the old drive make sense? I don't think I need a bit by bit dd copy, in which case I also would have to resize and blow up the EXT4 partition after dd to fill in the added free space. I only have the one root partition for the main operating system (including /boot); home and other user stuff is on a RAID1.

Any thoughts or advice?



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