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    4Hours to kill

    So, its Friday after work. Had my first beer, tssssst ahhhh... Thinking i would prepare my desktop for installing some other OS's for testing purposes. This would involve shrinking my 500GB win partition to 200gb (I never use it anyway....) Had a USB stick with Ubuntu Daily build lying a round, Ill use that i said...
    Boot the development system, enter Gparted... Make my shrinking choices...
    Then I notice a 512mb free space at the very beginning of my 2TB media/backup drive thinking, hmmm thats odd... Oh, well lets expand my EXT4 partition to the left, completely unnecessary. Mostly to satisfy my OCD i think...
    Push Check, here we go...

    Screenshot from 2016-04-08 17-06-49.png

    So, tonight there will be no movies with plexconnect, no testing new OS's, No nothing.... Im stuck in this Environment for the next 4Hours!

    Cheers
    10+ years ago I ran Gentoo with fluxbox and several displays on a water-cooled XP2500@2412Mhz, safe to say I was unemployed an had no wife/children...
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    Re: 4Hours to kill

    Well, it's nearly 2Tb and it looks like it's moving the whole lot to the left rather than expanding the partition. It's growing from 1.8 to 1.8.

    Got a good book? You can always cancel the process by hitting the big button.

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    Re: 4Hours to kill

    Yep, god knows why it did that. Anyway, I'm not going to chance it, it will run its course...
    10+ years ago I ran Gentoo with fluxbox and several displays on a water-cooled XP2500@2412Mhz, safe to say I was unemployed an had no wife/children...
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    Re: 4Hours to kill

    That is why I apply one action at a time. I do not queue them up. In case I want to call off the action for some reason. I have never had a move/size break an OS on the drive but there is always that anxiety that it might.

    It is always the case that whenever I am doing something that cannot be interrupted my wife will want me to find some web site or play some song.
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
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    Re: 4Hours to kill

    Moving left always is a copy and if a lot of data slow.
    And space on drive may have been for a future ESP - efi system partition or something similar.
    I really do not like moving left. Expanding right usually is very quick.

    And do not move NTFS partitions. They have essential boot info & partition info in the partition, so moving often requires major repairs. Use only Windows tools to resize NTFS. But do not use Windows for anything else. Use gparted.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: 4Hours to kill

    The process went fine, but it took 8 hours . And I belive it was and old EFI from when I used that disk for ubuntu 15.10....

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    And do not move NTFS partitions.........
    I did not know that thanks....
    Last edited by izznogooood; April 9th, 2016 at 11:32 AM.
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    Re: 4Hours to kill

    4 hours.... Wow.

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    Re: 4Hours to kill

    Quote Originally Posted by gameboy9309 View Post
    4 hours.... Wow.
    That's nothing, try cloning a 2 TB HDD to an external dock (a usb2 device) from a live dvd boot; 4 full DAYS later before it finished ... . I was terrified of a power outage or surge the whole time taking out the external docks power, but it finally completed; it was lovely to get back to a normal boot and off the live one. I have since upgraded to a usb3 external dock which can do the same job in about 7 to 8 hours .

    Edit: just realized that I am on a live boot right now shredding that very drive (clearing it out for a total linux only rebuild). The shred command has been running about 4 hours now and is only at the 65% mark. Only one pass of zeros though; big drives sure chew up the time for such tasks . That 4 day back up of the Windows set up, mentioned above, was done many months ago.
    Last edited by yetimon_64; April 30th, 2016 at 06:27 AM.

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