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    Split partition on existing Ubuntu installation

    I have installedUbuntu 10.10 already. I want to splitthe hard drive and create a new partition at the end of the drive? Can I do this since I already installedUbuntu? If so, how? Or are there already posts in here aboutthis. I looked, but have not foundanything yet.

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    Re: Split partition on existing Ubuntu installation

    Yes, it's possible, but it always carries a risk and you should back up your data (and be prepared to reinstall) and if possible clone the entire system beforehand.

    You'll need to run from a Live CD (you can't resize the partition while it's in use by the installed operating system). Boot the live CD, go to System > Administration > Gparted partition editor and in that tool, first shrink the existing partition (this may take a few minutes) and then create a new partition in the free space (should be quick).

    Do you have just one partition on the disk so far?

    You may find a swap partition, which a normal install of Ubuntu creates. You should leave that in place.

    Remember you can wipe everything if you get something wrong. But if you're careful, it's straightforward.

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    Re: Split partition on existing Ubuntu installation

    Ok, I found this also. Luckily, I dont have much to lose at this point.


    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1219270
    Last edited by toolmania1; November 22nd, 2010 at 03:34 PM.

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