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I have a 2TB drive with XBMCBuntu 12.04.3 installed on it and also about 1.5TB of data.I have a new, small HDD (40GB) and want to install the OS on it.

I would like to keep the data on the HDD but just turn it into a data drive. I don't have another 2TB drive I could transfer the data off to temporarily. Is there any way I can do this without buying a 2TB external drive?

  • so you want to delete the OS partition the 2TB drive and expand the data partition to the deleted OS partition ? once you boot using the new HDD (with your newly installed OS) just use fdisk to do this. heres a guide to resize a partition, htmlgraphic.com/how-to-resize-partition-without-data-loss – nixgadget Sep 3 '13 at 4:23
  • @nixgadgets Not quite, there is only one usable partition on the 2TB, I want to keep the data in my home directory – Gricey Sep 3 '13 at 7:26
  • so if i understand you correctly youd like to move the data in the home directory of your old installation (worth 1.5TB) to an actual data partition ? – nixgadget Sep 3 '13 at 19:40
  • @nixgadgets yes – Gricey Sep 6 '13 at 6:13
  • unfortunately, that cant be done without backing up your data. assuming you have a tower instead of a laptop can you not get a 2TB HDD and back up your data ? – nixgadget Sep 9 '13 at 2:51
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Unfortunately, that cant be done without backing up your data. Assuming you have a tower instead of a laptop get a 2TB HDD and back up your data.

  • This statement is wrong. You can easily move partitons and enlarge them forward. Use Gparted. – Barafu Albino Mar 9 '15 at 14:13

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