Repartitioning dual boot hard drive
I'll preface this request for info by saying I'm a fair novice with Linux, although i've been using Mandrake/driva for about 18 months - currently Mndrva 2006. It's installed on a Dell laptop.
Problem: Unfortunately i have undersized my /home partition and i now need to increase it (I'd like to partition the internal drive 50-50 with lin and xp - it's a 60Gb dirve)
As a step towards solving this i have installed an external firewire drive.
I'm assuming I'll have to reformat the laptop's drive so that i can rebuild the partition structure. Then reinstall the software in the appropriate partitions. After this transition I'd like to use the ext drive as a back up drive and possibly a data repository.
Therefore I assume i copy (using dd) the existing linux partition to the ext drive.
Can I also do this with my xp partition to the same ext drive? to do this do i need to set up specific partitions ie ext3 & NTFS?
Then I'll reformat the internal drive with the new partition sizes, then reinstall the copies.
I'm looking for some help with the details of this task - any takers?
After this transition i would like to upgrade to Mand 2007 (I'd like to try ubuntu but i can't get the live cd to boot - but that's another story).
thanx in advance,