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    Ubuntu and partitions.

    As far as this goes, I am a complete n00b.
    In case it matters, I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 on a Toshiba Satellite A205-S5831.
    Bare with me, because I'm trying to post all the info in this one post so I can get a quick response without having to answer 50 questions.

    First off..
    I installed Ubuntu twice on my computer.
    The first time I got it installed I couldn't get my wireless to work.
    So I went back to my Vista partition and deleted Ubuntu from the programs and features thinking that would also remove the 50GB partition I gave Ubuntu as well.

    The second time I installed Ubuntu I made a smaller partition..
    I believe I made it about 7GB.
    I was unaware at the time that Ubuntu was installed twice.
    (Again I am a n00b..)
    I did get my wireless working though. :]

    I later attempted to delete my older install of Ubuntu using Gparted.
    Note that I did this from my fresh install of Hardy since I cannot get the Live CD to work for some reason.
    GParted wouldn't let me because the partition was SDA5 or higher..
    Something like that.

    I did however resize it to 3GB.
    Thus I am left with 47GB unallowcated.
    Now my question is:
    How can I move the unallowcated space to my latest install?

    Sorry, I know thats a lot of background info and reading..
    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Ubuntu and partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Delirium_Trigger View Post
    Thus I am left with 47GB unallowcated.
    Now my question is:
    How can I move the unallowcated space to my latest install?
    You'd need to use some kind of LiveCD (eg: the Ubuntu one or the Gparted one) since you can't make changes to a partition which is mounted.

    If the free space is adjacent to your root partition the job is easy. If not you'd have to move some of the other partitions around to make it adjacent, which can be very slow.

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    Re: Ubuntu and partitions.

    They are side-by-side.
    So you're saying I can use my Ubuntu install disc to resize?
    Or am I misunderstanding..
    I did try the GParted Live CD but it always failed to boot up.
    I have no clue what was wrong with it.
    If you need more info on that I still have the disc and I can write down what errors it gives me.

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    Re: Ubuntu and partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Delirium_Trigger View Post
    They are side-by-side.
    Then you're in luck!
    So you're saying I can use my Ubuntu install disc to resize?
    Yep, the Ubuntu LiveCD actually has Gparted on it already. Boot up into a live session and go to System > Admin > Partition Editor.

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    Re: Ubuntu and partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paqman View Post
    Then you're in luck!

    Yep, the Ubuntu LiveCD actually has Gparted on it already. Boot up into a live session and go to System > Admin > Partition Editor.
    Awesome!
    I'll give this a try and post back my results! :]

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    Re: Ubuntu and partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Delirium_Trigger View Post
    I did however resize it to 3GB.
    Thus I am left with 47GB unallowcated.
    Now my question is:
    How can I move the unallowcated space to my latest install?

    Sorry, I know thats a lot of background info and reading..
    Any help would be appreciated.
    IT is posailbe, but make sure no other partition is in the way between the unallocated space and the partition you want to increase.

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    Re: Ubuntu and partitions.

    Okay I ran the live cd of Ubuntu and resized how I saw fit.
    Now it says:

    (Ubuntu)
    /dev/sda7: 68.13GiB
    Used: 65.97GiB
    Unused: 2.6GiB

    There's no way I've used 65.97 GiB just by MOVING the partition.
    I'm clueless as to what the problem is.
    Again, thanks!

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    Re: Ubuntu and partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Delirium_Trigger View Post
    Okay I ran the live cd of Ubuntu and resized how I saw fit.
    Now it says:

    (Ubuntu)
    /dev/sda7: 68.13GiB
    Used: 65.97GiB
    Unused: 2.6GiB

    There's no way I've used 65.97 GiB just by MOVING the partition.
    I'm clueless as to what the problem is.
    Again, thanks!
    What is your partition table, and which partition do you want to resize to fill the entire hard drive?

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    Re: Ubuntu and partitions.

    I never could make work the gparted so I downloaded boot cd 9.5 and there are some partition programs.

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    Re: Ubuntu and partitions.

    sda7 is the original ubuntu root, right? If so, since you can boot the ubuntu live cd, you want to delete it (NOT the extended partition holding it!), then grow your adjacent new ubuntu root partition to take up the free space. Like living2007 said, post your partition table:

    sudo fdisk -l

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