View Full Version : [xubuntu] Resizing Partition with Gparted

July 22nd, 2008, 12:50 AM

Everything I'll be explaining requires you to look at the attached image.

Xubuntu 8.04
HP Pavilion dv6458se
AMD Turion 64X2
NVIDIA GeForce GO 6150

I'm having many problems with linux (even with different distros) on this laptop, so I decided to take it off and only have it on my desktop. I've been messing with it for 3 months and it's just irritating. I'm not blaming Linux, but I'm blaming HP for putting sh**ty hardware on this laptop

If you look at the picture, on the Gparted window, on the lower box, I formatted the ext3 (xubuntu) already. Then I extended the fat32 (Personal and media files) to fill up the space the ext3 has left behind.

Now my real question, there are:

/dev/sda1 "extended"
/dev/sda5 "ntfs"

Both containing Windows XP, I suppose. I want to resize the windows partition smaller and resize the fat32 to fill up the empty space again, but which of the two on the list above do I resize? I want to make sure I do this correctly.

This may not be a ubuntu question, but I'm using the LIVE CD to use Gparted.

Please help. Many thanks in advance.


Tim Sharitt
July 22nd, 2008, 01:51 AM
I think you will have to resize /dev/sda5 to where you want it and then resize sda1 to match. sda5 is a logical partition within sda1.

July 22nd, 2008, 02:10 AM
i think you will have to resize /dev/sda5 to where you want it and then resize sda1 to match. Sda5 is a logical partition within sda1.

July 22nd, 2008, 07:12 PM
What's up with the +1?


July 22nd, 2008, 07:30 PM
As far as I know, one has to resize the logical partition before being able to resize anything within it. Also as vista is inside the logical partition, vista may not boot - windows generally (there are a few exceptions) has difficulty booting from any partition that is not a primary partition, preferably on the first partition of a hard drive. Having vista inside sda1, will likely cause problems.

July 23rd, 2008, 02:13 AM
What's up with the +1?


i.e. 'I agree'