My inlaws were in town to help Liz through her surgery. They brought their machines to me for repair 🙂 One of the machines had a full disk so I upgraded the 20GB to a 250GB drive.
- made the 20GB drive a slave
- installed the 250GB drive as the master
- booted Fedora Live CD
- create a partition of the same size on the new disk
- copy the master boot record (MBR) using dd
- copy the partition using dd
- remove power from the slave (old 20GB) drive
- reboot to Windows, verify things look ok.
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I stopped at the “Resizing the Partition”.
The best part of all this was I never knew the power of dd, ntfsresize, and fdisk. I was originally looking for a copy of PartitionMagic or Norton Ghost. Linux is far better than any of that.
Once I finished the dd, I shutdown, and removed power from the slave drive. I rebooted and Windows came up on the new 250GB but still appeared as a 20GB drive. Now I had to resize it.
The oddest part was resizing the partition, because I couldn’t wrap my head around the “delete the partition” then recreate. The delete part threw me off as I was afraid to lose the data. But it was an in memory operation so it didn’t affect it. WHEW! Then I ran ntfsresize -n -s 250G /dev/sda1, then rebooted back to Windows. After a chkdsk, I was all done!
So Linux is a better Windows partition tool than Windows 🙂