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

Miriam English mim at miriam-english.org
Fri Nov 12 22:37:15 UTC 2010

Hi Anne,

When you say low quality, what do you mean? If it is resolution, the 
dots per inch can be changed in the interface. If it is color balance or 
gamma those can be set and saved too.


	- Miriam

Anne Wainwright wrote:
> Hello,
> 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. 
> Anne
> 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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