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    A fine mess... Partition help.

    While I am using Lucid, I feel this is a problem with partitioning and not a development issue. Therefore I am posting here.

    I decided to try and clean up the partitions on my drive as I got a low space warning while upgrading. After monkeying around for a while I have discovered I haven't a clue how to move partitions around! I have read a number of tutorials, but seem to have hit the wall. I want to consolidate the unused portions and allocate them to sda7, and perhaps eliminate one of the two swap files. I have attached a pic of my drive in gparted. sda1 is XP, sda5 is my development test bed (Lucid Lynx beta 2) and sda7 is my "working" ubuntu partition. I know how to resize the partitions, but haven't the foggiest how to move them... As I said, I want to consolidate and allocate the unused portions to sda7, and perhaps end up with one swap file. So left to right would be sda1 (xp) sda7 (Future Lucid release) and sda5 (development test bed) then the swap file at the end?

    I hope I haven't messed things up too bad...

    Thanks!
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    Re: A fine mess... Partition help.

    I should add that I have already shrunk sda1 and sda5 to the size I want using gparted from a live cd. I just can't figure out how to move the unallocated spaces to the left and consolidate them, then allocate to sda7.

    Thanks again!
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    Re: A fine mess... Partition help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nesaskewatch View Post
    I should add that I have already shrunk sda1 and sda5 to the size I want using gparted from a live cd. I just can't figure out how to move the unallocated spaces to the left and consolidate them, then allocate to sda7.

    Thanks again!
    You might wan to consider making an image (or more) image backup(s) then restructuring partitions, then merging partition data (if needed) to the newly formed partitions. If you have solid image backups you can wipe everything and build anything you want... Oh verify your images first... Had a lot of extra work because of that once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Mike View Post
    You might wan to consider making an image (or more) image backup(s) then restructuring partitions, then merging partition data (if needed) to the newly formed partitions.
    I have just this one drive I'm afraid. This is the first time I have tried to move partitions. It sounds so easy in the various howto's I've read, but I can't quite figger it.
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    Re: A fine mess... Partition help.

    There is always a risk of something going wrong when you edit partitions. A common one is to delete the wrong partition...
    You should backup your data,if you cant backup everything, backup the most important stuff (to cd/dvd/usb...)

    To get the unallocated space outside your extended partition inside, resize sda2.
    The unused swap (the one without the little key icon) can be deleted.
    then resize/move the partitions one by one so all the unallocated space ends up next to sda7.

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    Hey! Thanks for the reply! A few questions if I may;

    Quote Originally Posted by s_° View Post
    To get the unallocated space outside your extended partition inside, resize sda2.
    So I can just select sda2 from the list and enlarge it all the way pretty much? (Save some for swap file size?) Then I will have the option of moving them?


    Quote Originally Posted by s_° View Post
    then resize/move the partitions one by one so all the unallocated space ends up next to sda7.
    This is where I got stuck. All I was able to do is resize them. I am hoping that by resizing sda2 I will have the option of moving them as opposed to resizing only...?

    I am asking these questions first before I actually try them with the live cd. I will try to backup onto a dvd, but that will be a first as well.

    Cheers man!
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