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Moving A GNU/Linux Installation To A Different Partition

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When I had first installed the Gentoo GNU/Linux operating system, my initial plan was to use it just for a couple of weeks before overwriting it by installing some other new distribution from Distrowatch. But I started to like it so much in less than a month’s time that I replaced Debian Sid with Gentoo as the primary operating system on my personal desktop(the server still runs Debian Sarge). Almost an year now, I haven’t regretted the decision ever. What I did regret a few days ago, though, was the amount of disk space that I had allotted for Gentoo during its installation - a meagre 11GB partition! Mortals like me lack the foresight required in such situations.

I had never considered ‘moving’ an installed operating system to a different location until then - I thought it to be such a lousy way to lose the oppurtunity for a fresh installation of the OS from the scratch(avoiding the mistakes that were committed the last time). But installing a Gentoo system from the sratch! Heavens forbid. It had taken 3 days for me to get the a bare minimum Gentoo system up and running, nothing more than the GNOME desktop manager. Another 4-5 days to install the most basic applications. I was not prepared at all to go through similar 1 week of downloading, compiling and installing the packages again by starting from the scratch. I decided to move my existing Gentoo system to a new, bigger partition. Not just the data but the entire bootable operating system.

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