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    Free Space A Lot Smaller Than Available Space?

    I have 1.3 GB available but it says I have over 8 GB free. Is there a way to clear that space and reclaim the difference?


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    Re: Free Space A Lot Smaller Than Available Space?

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    Re: Free Space A Lot Smaller Than Available Space?

    yes there is a way to reclaim some of that space. The 7.4 GB of "missing" free space is the approx. 5% of disk size being reserved by the ext3 filesystem (145 Gb * 5% = ~7.4 GB). That's how the default ext3 filesystem is set up. I searched a little and it looks like you can adjust the reserve by using a program called tune2fs. See this post for info:


    http://boncey.org/2006_11_18_reclaiming_ext3_disk_space

    It doesn't sound like such a good idea to lower the reserve on your root partition though - that reserve space is there to prevent your disk from becoming completely full, which could cause problems. I recommend leaving it alone.
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