Converting ext3 to reiserfs

I am a fun of reiserfs. Period.

The only filesystem i had without reiserfs was on my laptop. 20GB of data on ext3.

I wanted to converted to reiserfs without doing a tar create a new filesystem on the disk and untar the data. Since i had a working backup set, i give a try on convertfs (

Boot from a CD with builtin kernel support for the filesystems you want to convert from and to.

Build the convertfs utilities on another machine and start the conversion.

Warning: It takes a lot of time. On my laptop (Pentium M 1.3 GHz) took about 2 hours to do the conversion.

Change your fstab and boot in a your new filesystem.

Everythink worked as expected.

Case closed.