[Techtalk] getting rid of windows on a dual boot machine

Anne Wainwright anotheranne at fables.co.za
Fri Nov 12 19:12:35 UTC 2010


just an update to say no progress on this front at present. Thanks for
all the input from everyone.

I started to use Xsane to replace my HP scanning software on windows
and have had little success. Although it goes, and despite much effort,
the scans are very low quality compared to the HP alternative. Until I
can sort this out getting rid of windows is on hold. 


On Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:00:28 +0200
Anne Wainwright <anotheranne at fables.co.za> wrote:

> Hi,
> I have a dual boot machine, I'd like to get rid of the windows side as
> (happy happy day) it is never used now. I want the old Windows space
> for a bigger ~/ directory and want to include the space of the old ~/
> directory into the  existing / directory. I can see that this will
> involve some careful planning. My basic scheme is to follow the steps
> below.
> 1  delete the Windows partition
> 2  create a new linux partition in the space freed up
> 3  install file system on new partition
> 4  edit fstab to see & mount new partition as home
> 5  move all the old data over to the new ~/ filesystem
> 6  delete the old home partition
> 7  expand the root partition to allow more system space
> 8  make the root partition bootable
> 9  edit grub so we can avoid the unneeded boot menu.
> I'm not asking for a step by step, but rather what have I forgotten? I
> so seriously do not want a disaster. If I get the major steps planned
> then I can look at the issues involved with each more carefully.
> Presumably if we do 8 then in fact we do not need grub at all, but I
> am very hazy about this part of the plan.
> Any comments gratefully acknowledged.
> bestest
> Anne
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