new partition help

new partition help

Post by Andy Gabo » Tue, 28 Sep 1999 04:00:00


I'm not a sys-admin trying to manage my own system and need a little

Currently my entire operating system is on a single disk all under one
partition '/'. I need to move '/usr' to another disk to get more disk

I know I have to use 'format' to make a new partition on disk.  I need
some advice as to how what steps to go through to make the partition,
move the files to the new partition and get rid of the old '/usr'
directory in an orderly way.  The entire '/' partition is backed-up on

I know this is basic stuff for sys-admins so maybe there is some
liturature I can read.  Any advice is appreciated.

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