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increasing size of linux partition

Discussion in 'Linux' started by cerebrum, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. cerebrum

    cerebrum New Member

    hi there,

    I have 250 GB Seagate hard disk running xp, vista, ubuntu.
    drives under xp are C, D, E . For xp os it is C(FAT32) size : 50 GB
    for vista it is D(NTFS) Size: 100 GB
    and 1 partititon (NTFS) for file storage ( 50 GB)

    and rest is for Ubuntu.

    what I want to do is to shrink vista drive space at least 20 GB and provide it to Ubuntu.
    OR any OTHER way !! I just want to increase the size of UBUNTU partition .

  2. neo_vi

    neo_vi New Member

    Boot linux and find the tool Gparted or partition editor, u can easily shrink there. No files will get damaged. But to be on the safer side keep a backup in any other drive. After shrinking make the new partition as ext2 so that u can use it in ubuntu
  3. cerebrum

    cerebrum New Member


    I have enclosed a pic. {gparted on my system}
    have a look at it.

  4. cerebrum

    cerebrum New Member

    right clicking any drive does not give the option to resize.
  5. neo_vi

    neo_vi New Member

    exactly which drive u wanna resize or alter. sda1 thro 6 except 3 are not available for resize, cos its mounted. If u wanna resize any of this right click on the drive (ntfs,fat32) and unmount it. U cannot unmount a linux partition if u boot ur system on it. and coming to sda3, it has some errors. U can get rid of that by running checkdisk. if u dont have any files on sda3, u can even delete the partition and allocate to linux. post ur doubts
  6. cerebrum

    cerebrum New Member

    information on sda1, sda2, sda3 says it is unmounted. though I had a checkdisk on sda3 , the state is same i.e it still shows the exclamation mark.
    I can resize and move sd1 but the option is not available for sda2 and 3.

    after having a chkdsk on both the windows partiton I will let u know the result.

  7. cerebrum

    cerebrum New Member

    i had a re chkdsk on both the windows partition but of no use since it shows the exclamation still in gparted. a/q to me ubuntu does not support partitioning ntfs may be, or the problem is with gparted as it shows both the NTFS partition in error state.
  8. neo_vi

    neo_vi New Member

    gparted wont show erroneous data. So there may be some problem with ur drive.
    if u dont have any files in sda3, delete it and repartition.
    If u have files in it, then back it up and delete the partition.
    If u believe there is a problem in gparted, try using any other partition editor.
    and also, from the pic u posted, its clear that u are having three primary partitions.And u have installed linux in an extended logic drive. Its always good to have OS in a primary partition.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2009
  9. cerebrum

    cerebrum New Member

    hmm !

    I have got vista in sda3 , even if i backup the partition and then delete it, would not it mess up the boot order ? Also, i used qparted and it has almost the same story . all the three partition i m using for windows (xp, vista and 1 more for storage) are primary partitioned.

    I m so messed up and credit goes to the ever-smiling owl (pc-guy) who "happily" partitioned my hard disk free of cost and had some "free" "pirated" software installed .

    anyways, the moral of the story is without some destruction I won't get wat i want. I may resize the 3rd partiton (primary,FAT 32) which is for storage since the option is available. but obviously i don't want to do so.

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