What is it you are trying to achieve? Do you wish to save time when resizing the partition, or to have a backup of your whole operating system? My advice - forget the time saving. If you are in a hurry when wanting to resize a partition, then don't even attempt to do it.
Tonight I thought I burned a Live CD and it appeared to be successful. The file name is ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop.i386.iso and the file size is 727.0 MB and it says it is a raw CD image. However, even though I set my computer to boot from the CD, all it does is light up the CD drive a bit before shifting over to my regular hard drive boot up. The disk is a DVDR, so is that the problem? I dug up an old CD R disk I have here but it is only 700 MB, so I don't see how that can work. Probably a dumb question or two there, but....
OK, did some more research and it looks like I burned it as data rather than an image. I will redo and see if that works!
Last edited by Qualtrough; June 1st, 2013 at 03:15 PM.
The download is 693MB. Something is not right with your download if its 727MB.
Recent versions of Ubuntu are too large to fit on CDs anymore; instead, you have to "burn" the ISOs to DVDs.
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Success! The problem I experienced was indeed because I burned the CD as a data file, not an image file. I made a new one and selected burn image, and that one booted up fine. I then followed coffeecat's very clear instructions on page 1 of this thread to the letter and bingo, it seems to have worked. I was able to boot up again without issue, and I now have an additional 100 + GB of disk space. Thank you everyone who offered help here!
One follow-up question if I may--related to this issue. I have another partition that contains Windows and some files. I do not use Windows anymore and I don't even think it will boot up correctly. Can I follow the same instructions from coffeecat some day to delete that partition and use that space for Linux? After removing or moving any files of course.
An alternative option would simply be to reformat sda1 with the ext4 fileysystem and use it as a data partition. There would be some permissions issues to consider, but they are easily dealt with and there are plenty of people who could help you with that, if you need it.