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    Smile [SOLVED] Partitioning for upgrade (+4 partitions?)

    I'm having some problems trying to partition my HD properly so that I can 1)upgrade without any major headaches and 2)streamline things most efficiently. Here's my setup:

    (gotten from gparted)
    /dev/sda1 ntfs - 6.01 GB - windows backup partition (for rebooting)
    /dev/sda2 ntfs - 17 GB - windows partition ("C:\" drive, and it has boot flag)
    --unallocated - 147.91 GB--
    /dev/sda3 - 2.03 GB - linux swap (ext3?)
    /dev/sda4 ext3 - 16.98 GB - Ubuntu 8.04 Partition

    I just resized my windows ntfs partition because I thought I could just make another partition (ntfs or ext3, I haven't decided which yet) to store data, but that was before I knew you couldn't have more than 4 main partitions on a drive. I searched and read there was a way around this (I forgot, but it was something along the lines of making a "sub-partition" or something of that nature) but I couldn't find out how to do this. I want to keep my home drive, update to the latest Ubuntu, and then use the new partition as my home directory - or something like that. Can someone give me a helping hand?

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    Re: Partitioning for upgrade (+4 partitions?)

    Use gparted and delete your /swap partition and then create a extended partition using the unallocated space, then re-create your swap partition under the extended partition. Then you can create another partition or partitions under the extended partition for storage or for what ever.
    Last edited by Partyboi2; December 29th, 2008 at 11:41 PM. Reason: fixup
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    Re: Partitioning for upgrade (+4 partitions?)

    You rock so hard. Thanks!
    Is there a way to get ubuntu to display the mounted partition's name? Other than having it display as "<filesize> GB Media"? I used a gui tool (sorry, I forgot the name) to mount it automatically on startup as /media/data/ , but ubuntu still displays it by it's filesize. Can I change this behavior?

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    Re: Partitioning for upgrade (+4 partitions?)

    Use gparted and right click on the partition you want to change name and select "Label" then change it to what ever you like. Then apply.
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    Re: Partitioning for upgrade (+4 partitions?)

    I don't have that option when I right-click on it. I have the following choices:
    *GREYED*(New)
    -Delete
    -Resize/Move
    -Copy
    *Greyed*(Paste)
    -Format to > blah blah
    -Mount on > /media/data
    -Manage Flags
    -Check
    -Information

    I'm using 8.04, could it be that I need a newer version of GParted? Or maybe I'm just missing something completely obvious...

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    Re: Partitioning for upgrade (+4 partitions?)

    You could try doing it through the terminal
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RenameUSBDrive
    Or you can try downloading gparted from there site
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    Re: Partitioning for upgrade (+4 partitions?)

    Sweet, I'm going to get GParted from the site - thanks again for all your help!

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