Thanks to everyone that sent me advice. In the end, I went with
Paulo's suggestion (using rsync to backup to file server, then rsync
to restore to fresh disk). It all worked fine apart from two mistakes
* I forgot to exclude /sys on the first run.
* I used a different layout for the new partition table - grub-install
failed but I managed to manually configure it.
Before doing this, I briefly tried mondorescue but it didn't work
(lots of worrying errors that weren't very helpful).
Feeling brave now that I have a backup of my laptop, I also upgraded
to fedora core 3-test3. It looks very good so far....
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