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Making a storage unit out of a HDD that currently has a partitioned Linux install.

Discussion in 'General Linux' started by Username, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. Username

    Username Guest

    Hello all,

    I currently have two hard drives:

    1) 3TB w/Arch Linux installed. It's partitioned into /boot, /, /var, /usr, /home, /data (or something like that. I forget).
    2) 128GB SSD w/Arch as well, but done much better.

    I want to dump the Arch install and all the extra partitions on the old Arch install and use it as a storage unit (for accessing my music library) while I use the SSD as my actual OS.

    My original thought was to copy all the files that I want to a spare hard drive and wipe it clean. The problem is the 3TB drive is almost completely full, I don't have another one to copy the files onto, and with the holidays coming I would rather not spend money on a spare 3TB hard drive.

    Now, I was considering moving all the files onto /data and using a GParted live CD to delete all the other partitions and expand /data to take up the entire drive. My questions are:

    1) Is this even possible?
    2) Are there considerable risks to doing this?
    3) What are the alternatives?

    Thanks in advance for any and all help.


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