Monthly Archives: October 2007

Moving Linux to another bigger hard drive.

There are several methods to move Linux to another bigger hard drive. I have used good old ‘fdisk’, ‘mkfs’, ‘mkswap’, ‘cp’ with the ‘p’ and ‘R’ option , reinstall grub and then muck with the fstab to perform this…

However, with the Ubuntu boot cd handy you can use Gparted. Gparted, lets you create, move, copy and resize partitions very easily. Copy partitions one at a time and expand each partition to fit the drive. Remember to work on the disks without having them mounted. It takes some time to copy partitions onto the larger hard disk depending on their size. The only thing you have to watch out for is the order in which you copy the partitions. In the Gparted view going left to right is usually best. If your swap space is in an extended partition, then you’ll have to create that extended partition manually.

All you have to do then is remove the old disk and ensure the new disk occupies the same channel that the old disk used. Smiles all around your done! Because you’ve copied the partitions, you also copied Grub and so there’s nothing else to install. The new hard drive is a complete copy of the old one, but expanded to fill the space.

Some simple steps make OpenOffice start faster.

Open up the OpenOffice.org Word Processor called Writer.
Go to the Tools menu and select Options.
Highlight Memory on the left panel, change the settings as described below.

    1.Reduce the number of Undo steps to a figure lower than 100. I suggests 25 steps.
    2.Under Graphics cache, set Use for OpenOffice.org to 30 MB (up from the original 6MB).
    3.Set Memory per object to 2MB (up from the default .5MB).
    4.Set the number of objects under Cache for inserted objects at 20.
    5.uncheck OpenOffice.org Quickstarter (you don’t need it now).

Click the OK button and close Writer. Start it up again to experience the change in speed!

The speedup is so noticeable I question why these setting are not default.