I'm thinking about getting a larger, faster hybrid hard drive. I expect to use
dd to copy the data to the new drive block-for-block so that I can guarantee that no data are lost, but the partitioning of my existing drive makes it hard to expand the partitions to use the additional space once this is done:
I need to keep all of the partitions because I need to be able to use the HP recovery tools. Because there are four primary partitions, the extra space at the end of the drive is unusable without repartitioning because the main Windows partition is not the last partition on the drive.
What I expect to do is use GParted on a Linux live CD to move the
E: volumes to the end of the drive. Once this is done, I would use Windows Disk Management to expand
C: to fill the space, since this is the safest way to expand the volume. However, I have several concerns about this process:
- Does moving the partitions alter their contents in any way, or does GParted simply move the partition block-for-block to the new location?
- Will this process interfere with the usability of the Recovery and HP Tools partitions?
The key here is that I want to upgrade storage without losing the system's built-in recovery and diagnostic features.