View Full Version : [ubuntu] Partition Nightmare

August 18th, 2009, 03:21 PM

I just got myself a new Aspire Revo, and I am intending to dual boot with Windows Vista (already installed) for games etc, and Ubuntu for everything else, including xbmc.

I am not very familiar with Ubuntu, and I think I've made a mess. I've been searching for a solution for about 7 hours, and I'm ready to pull my hair out, so I really hope someone here can help.

Ok, here goes...

I have Ubuntu installed, however the partition Ubuntu created for itself is only 2GB in size. I want to extend this partition substantially. In order to do this I freed up some space from within Vista (reducing the size of the Vista partition).

Now, when I boot from the USB pen I used to install Ubuntu, and run gparted, this is roughly what it looks like.

Partition____FileSystem__Label_______Size___Used__ Unused

/dev/sda5___ext3___________________2.32___2.03__293.93M B

I can extend the Windows partition, but not the Ubuntu partition.

I know nothing about partitions, and I really don't understand any of this, so if you have a solution please pretend you're talking to an idiot. Because you basically are.

Thanks in advance for any help,

August 18th, 2009, 03:27 PM
You run gparted from your installed ubuntu?

August 18th, 2009, 03:27 PM
First expand the extended partition (/dev/sda3) to fill the unallocated space. Then, you should be able to expand the Ubuntu partition (/dev/sda5).

Think of an extended partition as a "container" that can hold other partitions...

August 18th, 2009, 03:30 PM
I can extend the Windows partition, but not the Ubuntu partition.


Gparted will not work on any partition that is mounted, SWAP included. A live session uses swap.

Rt. click on partitions. If given the option to unmount, do so. For swap, select swapoff. You know it's mounted if you have a greyed-out option to resize.

For guidiance/reference:


Back up your files too.

EDIT : as snowpine says .... enlarge the extended (sda3) first and then enlarge root (/) sda5

Good luck.