I have two identically sized partitions on my laptop's hard-drive (A and B we'll call them) so that when I'm ready to upgrade to a new major release of my OS on A, I can copy A to B for backup purposes, upgrade A and run on A from there. If something goes wrong, I copy B back to A and start over.
Problem is, I'm unable to use GParted to copy partitions anymore. I select my source partition in GParted and hit the Copy button and all seems good. The problem is, GParted will not let me select Paste no matter what I do. Both partitions are unmounted, and I've tried deleting the destination partition first and then selecting it, but Paste is still disabled.
I tried using parted (instead of GParted), and get the following:
(parted) cp /dev/sda 2 1 Error: File system has an incompatible feature enabled. Compatible features are has_journal, dir_index, filetype, sparse_super and large_file. Use tune2fs or debugfs to remove features.
I'm using a GParted live CD that has parted v1.8.8 and GParted v0.4.3.
Just for giggles, I downloaded the newest GParted live CD and had the exact same problem. However, there I was unable to run parted because GParted no longer defaults to the root user when you start a console, and I don't know the root password. Nice. I'll deal with that later.
So, what am I doing wrong?
According to GParted:
/dev/sda1 ext3 48.35GiB /dev/sda2 ext3 48.35GiB unallocated 7.38MiB /dev/sda3 swap 5.74GiB /dev/sda4 extended /dev/sda5 ext3 46.61GiB
How can I copy sda2 to sda1 here?