Consider a 500GB hard disk drive with two partitions, which were created exactly the same size, but have since then been adjusted (the first one slightly larger) with the
diskmgmt.msc tool. The partitioning scheme is GPT. Both partitions are data only.
When moving this hard drive to another computer which runs a GNU/Linux system, the obvious thing to do is to re-format both partitions to a non-NTFS filesystem, but I'm curious whether the partitioning scheme itself needs to be adjusted or even re-done.
Is formatting enough, or is it necessary to re-partition the drive with a native Linux tool? Or maybe not re-partition, but run some command to adjust alignment or something?
There is a reason why avoiding re-partitioning is desirable in my case: one of the partitions is about full, and in order to backup its contents I would need another drive with enough space which I don't have at hand. Reformatting is less of a problem since the files can be swapped between partitions.