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    Hard disk space help

    Hello all,

    I'm in a dilemma, I am really happy and impressed with Ubuntu, it's running my football manager game like a dream.

    I have windows 7 on my laptop and chose to dual boot it and then use ubuntu solely for FM and maybe surfing the net as Ubuntu boots PDQ and gets to desktop quick too.

    Windows is then used for everything else, PShop, MS Office and importantly (being an iphone user) I tunes!

    Now I allocated 14gb for Ubuntu as I had 43gb remaining so wanted to be sure I wasn't leaving too little room on either side- I was unaware you can access the windows partition thru Ubuntu so it's not like I can't store bits around the place...anyway... I allocated the 14gb which technically ended up as 9-10 gb prob due to storage on hard disks and I am now constantly getting warnings about low disk space (300-400mb)

    I wish to simply resize my Ubuntu partition to increase it to 20-25gb which is what I should have done from the start!

    Given I'm posting here you can gather im an Ubuntu/Linux noob!

    How can I simply increase the size of the partition so I have plenty of storage without having to lose data etc?

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    Re: Hard disk space help

    Hi, can you post the output of
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    This will allow us to view your current partition setup, and allow us to figure out how your partitions should be adjusted.
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    Re: Hard disk space help

    Thank you for your quick response!

    james@Bumblebee:~$ sudo fdisk -l


    Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x47c7fe89


    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 2048 3074047 1536000 27 Hidden NTFS WinRE
    /dev/sda2 * 3074048 285241069 141083511 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda3 285241342 312580095 13669377 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 285241344 308408319 11583488 83 Linux
    /dev/sda6 308410368 312580095 2084864 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    james@Bumblebee:~$

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    Re: Hard disk space help

    Can you also post the output of
    Code:
    df -h
    thanks.
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    Re: Hard disk space help

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    Can you also post the output of
    Code:
    df -h
    thanks.
    Hello I'm afraid I cannot get a successful output to the command sudo df-h ?

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    Re: Hard disk space help

    You're missing a space between df and -h:
    Code:
     df -h
    Also there's no need for sudo.

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    Re: Hard disk space help

    Shall try this a little later so, open terminal type df -h


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    Re: Hard disk space help

    Couple of words of caution (from experience
    1) Do NOT use GParted to shrink down your Win7 OS partition if that is where you end up having to get more space for Ubuntu. Doing that risks corrupting the Win7 OS filesystem and rendering it unbootable -- making it really hard to fix.
    2) Do not write to your Win7 OS partition from inside Ubuntu. Writing to a data partition is OK, but writing to an OS partition again risks file corruption.
    Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17; MS Win 8.1.
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    Re: Hard disk space help

    Ah ok, I've only copied a few files back and forth between windows and Ubuntu. I have read somewhere that using the Linux partition tool is bad for windows. And yes it will be a case of needing to shrink the windows one to make room for more Ubuntu to claim it. In hind sight I should have created a blank 10-15gb partition separate to windows and maybe then get that into Ubuntu!

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    Re: Hard disk space help

    Hello,

    The above requested command gives the following info;

    james@Bumblebee:~$ df -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda5 11G 9.8G 438M 96% /
    udev 987M 4.0K 987M 1% /dev
    tmpfs 399M 868K 398M 1% /run
    none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
    none 996M 152K 996M 1% /run/shm

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