Well, its done. I put together a single script to "stretch" a QLWA hard disk in one operation:
Answer a few simple questions and let rip! Depending on the number of files on the source
disk, the process takes no more than a minute or two. The whole procedure is as safe and
simple as I can make it. Ive used the basic methodology for a number of years on my own
setups to maintain efficient and healthy hard disks.
Its called QLWARZ (suggested pronunciation "quartz" rather than "QL warts") for "QLWA
virtual hard disk ResiZer". It can be found at Dilwyn's under Utilities athttp://www.dilwyn.me.uk/utils/index.html
It can also be used to "shrink" hard disks or simply to refresh them (defragment and remove
any holes after deletions, etc). The readme offers tips on finding optimal disk sizes.
This version is for QPC2 only, although the QLWA virtual hard disks are standard across a
number of emulators. Other versions may be produced if there is sufficient interest.
Caveat: There are as many QL environments as there are QL users. While Ive covered all the
scenarios discussed here, and then some, there may be conditions I could not have
envisaged in my wildest dreams - the so called unknown unknowns. You are advised to read
the instructions, take the necessary precautions, try it out with care, and check the results.
Use at own risk!