View Full Version : [ubuntu] [SOLVED] Partitioning for upgrade (+4 partitions?)

December 29th, 2008, 11:27 PM
I'm having some problems trying to partition my HD properly so that I can 1)upgrade without any major headaches and 2)streamline things most efficiently. Here's my setup:

(gotten from gparted)
/dev/sda1 ntfs - 6.01 GB - windows backup partition (for rebooting)
/dev/sda2 ntfs - 17 GB - windows partition ("C:\" drive, and it has boot flag)
--unallocated - 147.91 GB--
/dev/sda3 - 2.03 GB - linux swap (ext3?)
/dev/sda4 ext3 - 16.98 GB - Ubuntu 8.04 Partition

I just resized my windows ntfs partition because I thought I could just make another partition (ntfs or ext3, I haven't decided which yet) to store data, but that was before I knew you couldn't have more than 4 main partitions on a drive. I searched and read there was a way around this (I forgot, but it was something along the lines of making a "sub-partition" or something of that nature) but I couldn't find out how to do this. I want to keep my home drive, update to the latest Ubuntu, and then use the new partition as my home directory - or something like that. Can someone give me a helping hand?

December 29th, 2008, 11:37 PM
Use gparted and delete your /swap partition and then create a extended partition using the unallocated space, then re-create your swap partition under the extended partition. Then you can create another partition or partitions under the extended partition for storage or for what ever.

December 30th, 2008, 03:39 AM
You rock so hard. Thanks!
Is there a way to get ubuntu to display the mounted partition's name? Other than having it display as "<filesize> GB Media"? I used a gui tool (sorry, I forgot the name) to mount it automatically on startup as /media/data/ , but ubuntu still displays it by it's filesize. Can I change this behavior?

December 30th, 2008, 04:50 AM
Use gparted and right click on the partition you want to change name and select "Label" then change it to what ever you like. Then apply.

December 30th, 2008, 05:02 AM
I don't have that option when I right-click on it. I have the following choices:
-Format to > blah blah
-Mount on > /media/data
-Manage Flags

I'm using 8.04, could it be that I need a newer version of GParted? Or maybe I'm just missing something completely obvious...

December 30th, 2008, 05:26 AM
You could try doing it through the terminal
Or you can try downloading gparted (http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php) from there site

December 30th, 2008, 06:26 AM
Sweet, I'm going to get GParted from the site - thanks again for all your help!