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    Default Upgrade to 13.1 and drive shuffling

    I am currently faceing a dilemma and would like to have some advice. I am currently running 12.3 and have my system partitioned with root being on my 64gb ssd and Home on my 300G spindle hardrive. The 300gb drive is running out of space and it is starting to fail (its 8 years old) I just got a brand new 1tb drive and I would like to replace it with the 300gb. However I would also like to upgrade to 13.1.

    My question is, what would be the best way to swap my hardrives and upgrade to 13.1 and still keep my system in more or less the same condition. I could do a fresh install, but I am hoping I wont have to do that.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Upgrade to 13.1 and drive shuffling

    What kind of system

    Could be tricky if a laptop

    I'd upgrade first. Then add the new drive set a partition on it to hold home copy files from old drive to new change the mount of home from the old drive to the new drive.

    If you need more details we need more details. Like do you have space/connection for 3 drives. Once the new is installed maybe fdisk -l to show use the drive details

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    Sorry, this is a desktop so I have room for the drives, will try upgrading tomorrow. Will get back with more results.

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    Upgraded to 13.1, here is my fdisk -l output:

    Code:
    Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60022480896 bytes, 117231408 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk label type: dos
    Disk identifier: 0x16f6dcae
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *        2048   117229567    58613760   83  Linux
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 400.1 GB, 400088457216 bytes, 781422768 sectors                                                                                 
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes                                                                                                         
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes                                                                                          
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes                                                                                              
    Disk label type: dos                                                                                                                           
    Disk identifier: 0x0000241e                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                   
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System                                                                                 
    /dev/sdb1            2048   566226943   283112448   83  Linux                                                                                  
    /dev/sdb3       775940096   781422591     2741248   82  Linux swap / Solaris                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                   
    Disk /dev/sdc: 7743 MB, 7743995904 bytes, 15124992 sectors                                                                                     
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes                                                                                                         
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes                                                                                          
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes                                                                                              
    Disk label type: dos                                                                                                                           
    Disk identifier: 0xc3072e18                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                   
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System                                                                                 
    /dev/sdc1            8064    15124991     7558464    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                   
    Disk /dev/sdd: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors                                                                                 
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes                                                                                                         
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes                                                                                          
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes                                                                                              
    Disk label type: dos                                                                                                                           
    Disk identifier: 0x000ebb0d                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                   
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System                                                                                 
    /dev/sdd1              63   976768064   488384001   83  Linux
    sda and sda1 are my internal drives, the others are usb and usb backup drives. Will try following your advice, I will post if I have any issues.

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    Default Re: Upgrade to 13.1 and drive shuffling

    I installed my new hardrive and moved my home folder over like you said. In order to change the mount point to /home, I edited my fstab file so that my new drive would be /home and removed my old drives /home mount point and the swap that I had. When I reboot it just constantly outputs this over and over again across my screen as soon as I get past grub.

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    [   counter] EXT4-fs (sdb): VFS: Can't find ext4 filesystem
    I saved a copy of my old fstab, but I don’t know how to get access to my system.

    Thanks

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    Did yo format the new partition on the new drive, then copy the files??

    Try at grub press e the find line starting with linux press end key to go to end of that line enter a space and a 1 that should get you to boot. to a terminal single user mode use yast at the command line just type yast re do the partition format it.

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    Default Re: Upgrade to 13.1 and drive shuffling

    On 2014-03-03 17:26, 8ofspades wrote:

    > I saved a copy of my old fstab, but I don’t know how to get access to
    > my system.


    For those things I keep an usb stick ready with the xfce rescue image
    from the openSUSE download page.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)

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    Default Re: Upgrade to 13.1 and drive shuffling

    Yeah, I downloaded the kde live image and will boot from that tonight after work.

    I formatted the new disk to ext4 and then copied the files.

    I found this link which sounds like it could solve my issue. Since I completely removed my swap line from the fstab, that could be my issue.

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    Default Re: Upgrade to 13.1 and drive shuffling

    If you are uncertain about editing the fstab directly (it can be complicated) you can also do it in Yast

    detailed procedure

    1) install drive
    2) in yast partition drive and format ext
    3) mount the new partition at a convenient spot NOT home
    4) copy CONTENTS of home to the new partition ( you don't want the home folder in the new partition just the contents!)
    5) Yast again and set the new partition to mount as home (do not format at this step)
    6) set old partition to no longer mount as home
    7) reboot

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    Default Re: Upgrade to 13.1 and drive shuffling

    On 2014-03-03 21:06, 8ofspades wrote:
    >
    > Yeah, I downloaded the kde live image and will boot from that tonight
    > after work.


    No, I specified the XFCE image because that is specialized for rescue work.

    Both the KDE and GNome images are intended for installation, and testing to see if openSUSE works on
    your machine prior to installing it.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" (Elessar))

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