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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    It looks like gparted is reading fstab to determine mountpoints.

    You would have to delete those partitions and then resize / to take up the unallocated space. I would recommend doing that from a livecd and be sure you have a good backup (which you do) before trying it.
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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Yes I might give it a go in a few days Charles, however I was wondering how you get over the extended partition, or would that take care of itself - or is that expanded in the same way ?

    I have a question too about the Removable Volumes that have just appeared on the Desktop but maybe I'd be better asking that question in "General Help".

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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    I just don't understand.

    Media/ Mount points have just appeared on Gparted - I was fiddling around with the removable Volumes.
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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by BlinkinCat View Post
    Yes I might give it a go in a few days Charles, however I was wondering how you get over the extended partition, or would that take care of itself - or is that expanded in the same way ?

    I have a question too about the Removable Volumes that have just appeared on the Desktop but maybe I'd be better asking that question in "General Help".

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    Not really sure. You could probably merge sda2 and sda3 into sda1. Then merge sda5 and sda6 into sda8.

    Not too sure about sda2 thought, as it looks like it has the boot flag set.. and I don't know if removing that partition would cause the machine not to boot.
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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    Not really sure. You could probably merge sda2 and sda3 into sda1. Then merge sda5 and sda6 into sda8.

    Not too sure about sda2 thought, as it looks like it has the boot flag set.. and I don't know if removing that partition would cause the machine not to boot.
    I think I may leave sda2 alone - maybe just concentrate on sda5 and sda6. Not sure if I can do anything about sda3.

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    Edit - One last scenario - I would be prepared to do it - the question remains - can I reformat the whole disc and start again ? Maybe it is a silly question.

    Another question, I wonder what the partitions would look like from a live install (not gparted) - I could have a look without installing if not promising ?
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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by BlinkinCat View Post
    Edit - One last scenario - I would be prepared to do it - the question remains - can I reformat the whole disc and start again ?
    As long as you have your home folder backed up, you should be ok if you decide to just redo everything.
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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    As long as you have your home folder backed up, you should be ok if you decide to just redo everything.
    I may venture a look see to see what it looks like. I do feel terrible though Charles as you have done so much for me - it has been a learning curve for which I am grateful.

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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    No problem at all.

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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Hi Charles,

    Well I took the plunge and did a fresh install of xubuntu. This allowed me to delete the sda3, sda5 and sda6 partitions easily. It leaves a 11.5 Gb hole in the middle but maybe I can resize, firstly to Swap and then to /home. What do you think Charles ?

    I have now got quite a bit of reworking to the installation but hey, it's all fun isn't it.

    Unfortunately though it isn't all fun as I have immediately struck a problem which I will elaborate on in the "General Help" forum, unless I can google an answer first.

    Anyway thanks again Charles, and I will now mark this thread as solved. (It took some time though didn't it) -
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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    You should be able to either expand the /home partition or the / partition to take up that unallocated space.

    An easier thing to do might be to just do a clean install without keeping /home and then copying all your data back from external media.

    Keep in mind that anything you haven't backed up firefox settings, etc will be wiped.
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