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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2012

    Question Swap: No primary partition

    I am running Ubuntu 13.10 64bit on a system with 4GB RAM, dual booting with Windows

    Most people say that it is good to have swap on a system, and results in speed, so I used it with my previous Ubuntu installations.

    In my new HDD, I use 3 primary partitions: 1 for Windows OS, 1 for Ubuntu and 1 for data. The windows system also took up one primary partition for system, and I have only 4 MBR slots.
    Effectively I have no primary partition for SWAP. I do not know it happened earlier, but back then I had a partition for swap as well

    How can I create swap in my current setup?
    I found this article:, but it refers to an old version of Ubuntu. Also, he asks us to ensure hibernation is working, and that is a problem in Ubuntu 13.10
    Last edited by elang; November 11th, 2013 at 05:23 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Re: Swap: No primary partition

    It should go without saying, but make sure you have your data backed up if moving/resizing partitions. (Actually, it's just a good idea in general).

    Two options I can think of:
    1. Use swap file instead of swap partition (easier and safer)
    2. Boot LiveUSB and use gparted to resize the Ubuntu or data partition to make space for an extended partition (which you can then put the swap partition in).

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Re: Swap: No primary partition

    Sorry, I forgot the link:
    Scroll down to where it says "Four-step Process to Add Swap File"

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