7 years ago
months has become considerably expanded with downloads and my own
stuff. Now I'd like to maximize the space by getting rid of the
'recovery' partition, and devoting the whole thing to linux.
However, I'm not really sure of my options for doing this.
For a start, I'm intending to dd the relevant partitions (boot
& root) off to a flash-drive or somewhere (on my laptop, not the
Pi). Then I assume I can eventually dd them back onto the front
of the SD.
There are several areas where I'm somewhat in the dark, though.
I guess I probably should partition the SD to the desired sizes
first, otherwise I'd have no (or a bad) partition table (?).
The 'boot' partition I assume has a suitable VBR? Or will that
be wrecked by moving it?
I notice that the boot partition is FAT32 (also on the Raspbian
image that I've just downloaded as well). Why is this? A feature
of Broadcom? (My Linux-based laptop of course doesn't do that.)
A backup plan is to install the downloaded image and then rebuild
the system from the preserved original. I did that before, though,
using rsync, and it was thoroughly tedious. Mainly because there
are root-access-only files, and there is no root password!
I guess I could probably solve that simply by assigning a password,
but if somehow I could do a direct copy it'd be nicer.
Hmmm. Another option has just occurred to me. If I change the
partition table to have 'boot' the active partition, can I then
just reformat the recovery partition as ext4 and gain access as
a storage area?
Thanks for any suggestions.
-- Pete --
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