View Full Version : [lubuntu] Converting swap space to ext2 or ext3

August 20th, 2011, 04:09 PM
I want to convert my swap space 8GB to usable format
Here is the output of sudo fdisk -l command

$sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x26af26ae

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 2295 18434556 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 2296 9728 59705572+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 2296 4590 18434556 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 6886 9728 22836366 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda7 4591 5669 8667036 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 5670 6885 9767488+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order

I have dual boot ubuntu and winxp.

August 20th, 2011, 04:10 PM
simply deleting your swap in Gparted and creating an ext4 filesystem from the unallocated space should do the trick (swap is brown/orange in Gparted)

August 20th, 2011, 04:11 PM
Boot up a live CD/USB, open gparted, delete the swap partition and enlarge SDA7 (you may need to unmount the swap first by right-clicking on it).

August 20th, 2011, 06:05 PM
Best to keep some swap, but if you have at least 4GB of RAM and do not hibernate you should be ok. I normally suggest 2GB of swap.

You will have to edit out the swap entry in your fstab.

You could just add swap as a file.

HOWTO: Use swapfile instead of partition and hibernate
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SwapFaq#What%20is%20swappiness%20and%20how%20do%20 I%20change%20it?