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  1. #1
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    Sep 2013

    Gparted problem with overlapping partitions

    Hello friends,

    I encounter some difficulties when trying to resize my Ubuntu Partition with gparted.
    i have Ubuntu running on a SSD with 120 GB (dev/sdb3) where I still have a Windows 7 Partition.

    I followed the instructions provided here and logged in with Ubuntu from a Pendrive.
    Shrinking the Windows Partition was no problem but when trying to increase the Ubuntu partition I encountered the following error:

    GParted 0.12.1 --enable-libparted-dmraid
     Libparted 2.3
    Move /dev/sdb3 to the left and grow it from 13.95 GiB to 40.31 GiB 00:00:00 ( ERROR )
    calibrate /dev/sdb3 00:00:00 ( SUCCESS )
    path: /dev/sdb3 start: 220,817,406 end: 250,068,991 size: 29,251,586 (13.95 GiB)
    move partition to the left and grow it from 13.95 GiB to 40.31 GiB 00:00:00 ( ERROR )
    old start: 220,817,406 old end: 250,068,991 old size: 29,251,586 (13.95 GiB)
    requested start: 165,521,408 requested end: 250,066,943 requested size: 84,545,536 (40.31 GiB)
    libparted messages ( INFO )
    Unable to satisfy all constraints on the partition.
    Can't have overlapping partitions.
    The situation is similar as described here, but still I couldn't find any further instructions how to solve this...Most people just simply switched to other tools mainly MS Software solutions...

    Has anybody expirienced similar problems?

  2. #2
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    a puddle in Manchester
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Gparted problem with overlapping partitions

    It is good practise to use Windows tools for shrinking Windows partitions and rebooting twice after to make sure its file system is happy. If your Windows still boots it's probably ok.
    I would imagine that it would be all the more important if you have a raid system.

    Normally I would suggest downloading Fixparts .deb file for your architecture (32bit/64bit) and install and run it following the guide below.

    However I'm not sure it can handle raid setups. If you try it please be very careful and in any event you should backup everything you wouldn't want to lose first.
    Last edited by Quackers; September 24th, 2013 at 01:40 AM.
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    Re: Gparted problem with overlapping partitions

    A big +1 to using windows tools (preferably windows' own partition manager) for shrinking windows partition.

    Since you seem to have already done that anyway, can you boot into windows? If you can, let it do any repairs it may want, then reboot 'Twice' into windows. Then try Gparted again and post back if there are still problems.
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  4. #4
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    Re: Gparted problem with overlapping partitions

    thanks for your replies.

    Yes, windows worked just fine and now I was also abled to fix the problem like this:

    1. Enter in gparted from USB
    2. Delete the Linux Swap partition
    3. Resize the extendet partition
    4. Resize the logical partition containing Ubuntu
    5. Recreate the Linux Swap
    6. Poweroff
    7. Boot Ubuntu normally
    8. Activate the new Swap partition again by changing the UID in fstab as described here.
    9. Reboot and check if changes apply.

    I was somehow "inspired" by this post (similiar problem) that statet that:

    In order to understand the problem here it is necessary to know how disk partitioning works. A classic DOS partition table can only contain four entries. To circumvent this restriction while staying compatible, one partition type was defined to be a so-called extended partition which can itself contain additional "logical partitions".

    On your drive, there is a "hole" in the extended partition where no logical partition is defined. Instead a primary partition overlaps the extended partition and fills that hole exactly. So no data is really overlapping, and there is no immediate danger of data loss.
    Still... when I rethink this I don't quite get it why this should apply in my case and be solved by temporarly deleating the Swap (since I thought swap is "containered" inside the extendet partition. Therefore it should not show up as a fourth partition in the DOS partition table...?).

    Anyway it worked
    Last edited by Dospanes; September 24th, 2013 at 11:17 AM.

  5. #5
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    Aug 2007

    Re: Gparted problem with overlapping partitions

    I suspect that you encountered one of the following bugs:

    Bug 686668 - Growing logical partition overlaps end of extended partition
    This was fixed in GParted 0.14.1

    Bug 678831 - Partition End Overlap when Resizing Extended Partition
    This was fixed in GParted 0.13.0

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