Ubuntu Installation :: Gparted Not Deleting Partition

Dec 29, 2010

I tried to install ubuntu on exernal drive and install grub there. But no joy. I had to do on primary master.

Now grub shows 2 linuxes on machine, which is a pain, since I cannot boot this other install on external from grub.

I am trying to delete and create that partion with gparted. But won't delete it, even after unmounting it.

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General :: Gparted Says Have Bad Sectors In Windows Partition After Deleting Things?

Oct 30, 2010

I have a 230GB hard drive wich I don't know it's name.I have a 207GB windows vista partition and the rest of it is for linux (Ubuntu).Today I decided giving it all space to Ubuntu Linux ,but didn't want to lose all my data from the windows partition.I thought that by deleting all things except the folder with my data and leaving enough space to shrink and make enough room for another partition to put my data folder.The logic is that i could then format that partition wich previously was windows and use it all for ubuntu without losing data.After having ubuntu installed i could copy my data folder to /home and then delete the previous partition and make /home bigger.The problem is that after i freed the space,when using Gparted to shrink it says that the partition has bad sectors or the filesystem has problems and so it can't do some operations.

What could have went wrong?It told me to do chkdisk but as i deleted all the windows files and i can't boot into it anymore.I used the vista dvd to do that.I rebooted 2 times as it says and after that when trying again nothing changed.I tried to use ntfsresize with the --bad-sectors argument and also the -f argument but it's useless.At the end it says it won't do anything until the ntfs filesystem get repaired.Or it says it is too risky to continueIs there any way i could do some superforce command to resize it without losing data?Please don't tell me to put it on an external storage cause i have like 70GB of datas to save...no i don't have an external hardrive

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General :: Partition Gparted Fdisk / When Reduced The Size Of Some Linux Partitions Using Gparted?

Sep 18, 2009

I have 3 Ubuntu installations & a PCLINUXOS, plus Windows XP installed on one hard disk. I still can boot to each one of them and can mount each one using Ubuntu.

The problem "may" have occurred when I reduced the size of some linux partitions using gparted. I still have plenty of space in each of those partitions.

When I started gparted all of the HD was unallocated. I did that from each ubuntu installation and the PCLINUX installation, plus LIVECDs. All indicated the space was unallocated.

When I did an fdisk -l from a Puppy Linux LiveCD I got a normal start and ends of each partition.

When I tried it from Ubuntu installation or live cd, I received the following types of responses:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda5

Disk /dev/sda5: 28.5 GB, 28566397440 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3473 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -u /dev/sda5

The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 3473.There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,and could in certain setups cause problems with:

1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs (e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK) Plus the Windows partition seems to go over its limits.

Since all of my OS installations are still working, I don't know how critical this is. From reading another post, I understand this might be able to be fixed by making some changes in fstab.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Creating A New Partition And Then Deleting It

Jan 20, 2011

I have two 500gb hdd. One of them crashed (the one which i used windows on) and its now getting sent to the warranty people. On my other hdd i do not have any OS installed, it's just one 500gb NTFS partition, i have there just some personal important stuff. I want to install ubuntu 10.10 x64 on it. I understood that when i will do this, from the available free space it will be created a new partition.

I have tryed to get along with linux a few years ago and i failed... Can you tell me if i will be able to delete the partition ubuntu is creating and merge the unpartitioned space back to NTFS without formating the drive? Also how big are the risks of losing my data when i try to install ubuntu and when i will try to go back to one big NTFS?

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Jan 3, 2010

I have a new 1.5tb internal drive I want to partition as NTFS (because Windoze machines need to see/use it) and in gparted, when I go to partition -> new, it says it could not add this operation to the list a partition cannot have a length of -1 sectors. I recall having this issue on my 2tb external drive and I ended up creating the NTFS parition on a Windoze machine and then bringing it to the Linux box but since this is an internal drive, that's not an option. I took all the defaults in the "Create new partition" screen.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Gparted Fails To Grow Partition

Jul 12, 2010

I have a machine running Ubuntu Server 9.10 installed on an 80GB RAID1 disk. The system has two arrays (one data, the other backup), each of the same size in RAID6 with ext4 fs, connected to separate 3ware 9690 controller cards. I had to increase the size of the arrays from 8TB to 12TB. No problems - added the drives, migrated the new disks into the array, rebooted the server, and everything is visible. I unmounted the drives and then attempted to grow the partition (it's a single partition), starting with the backup array, using gparted. It sees the unallocated space but when I try to grow the partition into the unallocated space it fails. Here's the gparted error details:


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Ubuntu Installation :: Moving Space From One Partition To Another Using GParted

Jul 27, 2010

I have on sda1 Windows 7 installed. On sda2 I have 3 sub partitions (extended partition) with Ubuntu 10.04 and a swap space and one partition for /usr/local. Now I tried to move space from sda2 to sda1 using gparted. It's not possible. I deallocated space from sda2 which works. But I cannot merge it with sda2. Is that, because sda2 is an extended partition? Is there a work around without killing all partitions and lose my complete data?

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Ubuntu Installation :: GParted - Moving Partition Out Of Extended One

Oct 31, 2010

I've installed Windows 7 + XP + Ubuntu 10.10 and Mac Os X on my PC. The problem is that XP wont boot. I've tried a lot of fixes for the last 2 days but still nothing. So I've come to conclusion that it might be probably due to its partition (dev/sda being inside of another Extended partition (dev/sda3) as you guys can see on the attachment. If so, how can I move it out of the extended partition.

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Mar 30, 2010

So, my GParted (Ubuntu) won't create an NTFS partition (the option is greyed out). I'm trying to create an NTFS partition to allow for a Windows 7/Ubuntu dual-boot. Everywhere I check, they suggest either creating the NTFS partition in GParted BEFORE installing Windows OR leaving it "unallocated" with the Linux partition after it.

I have tried both now, with two results:

1) GParted can't create an NTFS partition within Ubuntu 9.10.

2) On the other hand, the Windows 7 Installer says that Windows can not create a partition or find a partition when I attempt to select the "unallocated" portion.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Deleting Recovery Partition Marked As Boot?

Sep 2, 2010

I have just bought a new computer and I want to partition it to be dual booting as I have done a few times in the past.

Currently (alternatively, see attached screenshot):

There are three partitions:
/dev/sda1: FAT16 DellUtility (takes very little space and is of no concern)
/dev/sda2: ntfs RECOVERY (takes up 17.58GB and is marked boot)
/dev/sda3: ntfs OS (the rest of the computer, on which windows is currently installed)


it is safe to delete the current boot partition. I am also not quite clear on when the recovery partition would be used and whether it is really all that necessary (18GB doing nothing seems like a lot to me). Should I make a system recovery media for windows before repartitioning? Also, I am not sure which type of ext partition to use. Finally, I am not sure how big to make the swap space. I think I recall the normal rule being twice the RAM (6GB RAM in my case), but 12GB swap space seems like a lot. Although I do sometimes run memory intensive programs (simulations for research). I normally use other computers for such simulations since they have far more RAM than my computer can possibly have even with a large swap space.

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Dec 27, 2009

I threw F12 KDE on my spare rig and wanted to throw Ubuntu on it as dual boot so I can play around with different things in each flavor. I installed F12 across the entire drive and later decided I wanted to try Ubuntu with it dual boot. I booted to Ubuntu's LiveCD and fired up GParted - but GParted can't resize the partition. It just gives me a 200mb EXT4 partition and "lvm2".

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Ubuntu Installation :: Broke Windows Vista Partition With GParted

May 22, 2010

So far I've been dual-booting Vista and Intrepid, and I decided I'd shrink down the Linux partition a bit, expand the Windows partition and reinstall Ubuntu fresh from a Live CD. I booted up from a Live CD, mounted the old Linux filesystem to check that I hadn't missed any documents to back up before I wiped the partition, and then cued up the relevant operations in GParted.

The key mistake I made was not to unmount the old Linux partition first, which led GParted to bug out and, apparently, stop my Windows partition from working. GParted no longer recognises the partition as NTFS - it tells me it's an unknown filesystem, and refuses to move or resize it.

sudo fdisk -l recognises the partition as HPFS/NTFS. Running chkdsk from a Vista recovery disk has been, so far, unsuccessful. What else can I do to either make the partition bootable again, or at least access it from Linux so I can pull my files off?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Cannot Resize Partition In GParted (Yellow Warning)

Jun 22, 2010

I have a USB Multiboot created with pendrivelinux.com. I have tried to install Ubuntu 10.04 on a small laptop, but I get the problem that the installer wants to either:

1) Partition my USB key and install it there
2) Install it on my drive and destroy the Windows Partition
4) Install it on my key and destroy everything on it.
3) Manually setup the partitions

When manually setting up partitions, I cannot resize the windows partition. GParted can't resize that partition (there is a triangular ! yellow warning sign, similar to this thread's icon, but yellow). GParted on the USB (GParted Environment) has the same problem as GParted in Ubuntu. It seems to be locked, even though I am in root and I have every hard drive partition unmounted.

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Aug 3, 2010

how to create extended ext3 partition using GParted? Every time I select "New" for unallocated space I can only create primary partition. Other options (extended and logical) are always greyed out.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Resize Partition With Gparted On Live CD?

Feb 17, 2011

I recently got new hard drives for more space and copied all my old drives onto this one (everything mirrored, no problems)The thing is, when I first setup my Ubuntu, I only allotted like 20GB because of space.Now that I have new hard drives, I wanted to give it more space, roughly double it to 50gb.The problem is, I am unable to resize it.I have booted into the Ubuntu Live CD, and started Gparted. I see all my stuff there, including the unallocated space next to my ubuntu partition (I left it so i could fill it when I expanded the partition)

The problem is, I am unable to make it larger. I right click, click on resize/move, but when I do, it just shows that I'm at my maximum size for that partition, I can only shrink it.so my question is, how in the world can I extend that partition into the unallocated space?I've tried formatting the unallocated space to ext3 to try and merge it, no success.I tried moving my ubuntu partition all the way to the right (end of the disk) so maybe I could extend it to the left, nothing

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Jun 30, 2011

I recently downloaded/installed Gparted as I want to resize my ubuntu to more HDD space in partition and reduce NTFS partition size. Is there any faster way to do gparted in ubuntu? I remembered in previous versions of ubuntu that gparted had MBR but I can't find info to do this.

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Fedora Installation :: Partition Hard Disk Using GParted

Dec 6, 2010

HP Netbook Mini 210
F14 xfce
I installed F14 xfce and using the entire disk.

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 97G 4.0G 92G 5% /
tmpfs 494M 212K 494M 1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1 485M 49M 211M 11% /boot
/dev/sda4 193G 8.5G 175G 5% /home

After I have installed all my programs, I need to install windows and I need visual studio. So I was thinking of taking 20 GB from the /home directory and using that for windows. I can use gparted. However, many posters on here think it is best to use gparted by booting from the disk. However, I cannot do this, as I don't have any DVD drivers. And I can't really afford to buy one just for this reason. What is the best way to do this?

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General :: Create A Partition Using Gparted For Centos Installation?

May 24, 2011

I am trying to create a partition using gparted for my centos installation but I accidentally deleted my partition table. my partition was created on windows7 and dual boot with ubuntu. I am trying to recover it using test disk with ubuntu live cd but after I recover it still I neither can't boot on windows or Ubuntu here is the result of patition quick seart


Disk /dev/sda - 320 GB / 298 GiB - CHS 38914 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
>D HPFS - NTFS 0 32 33 12 223 19 204800 [System Reserved]


I tried to set up my partition characteristic like this


Disk /dev/sda - 320 GB / 298 GiB - CHS 38914 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
1 * HPFS - NTFS 0 32 33 12 223 19 204800 [System Reserved


and still can't reboot on my win7 or ubuntu

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Mar 17, 2010

I formatted 56 GBs of my hard disk space into fat32 and it seems that 27 gbs of it is used! Though direct checking from the volume itself shows nothing like this, gparted still insists 27 gbs are used.

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Apr 30, 2010

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What I want to do is make a blank partition with gparted and install lucid on it. Then I want to keep it a dual boot just to make sure my hardware is working ok, then move my home folder to the new partition, make the lucid partition take the whole hard drive, and delete karmic. I do not want to upgrade because I messed up my install a lot while learning linux, so I really need to start over.

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Oct 10, 2010

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Feb 27, 2009

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Jan 13, 2010

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1)Is there any advantage - or disadvantage - in my doing this for my pending slackware installation? Will slack recognize the "clean" partition and opt to skip formatting?

2)I presume that slack will recognize the existing swap partition. Am I correct?

3)My scheme would be to provide separate partions for /, /home/ and /usr or /usr/local.

4)Any recommendations on filesystems?

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Oct 9, 2010

I started withsda1 windows restore sda3 extendedsda5 swapsda6 /mandrivasda7 /SUSE 11.3
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Feb 8, 2010

I was reading another thread about someone with a bad partition table and I decided to join this forum. I'm not going to take any drastic actions with the partition (/dev/sda3) in question. I am going to wait for instructions on what to do first. I am not very good with Linux and need some hand holding. System: DELL 4550 Dual-Booted with XP and Ubuntu. Works OK, just no swap. Well, here's what I did: I deleted a partition for Windows XP Pro because it was a trial, and it ran out. I then decided to slide the swap partition for the Ubuntu Linux that I dual-boot into over. (If this was successful, I was going to try expanding the root partition to take up the unused space.) I used Gparted on a CD to do this, as I figured it was safe to do.

I now cannot mount the swap space at bootup (and have to go into a backup version of the OS), although I can use Gparted in Linux to execute the "swapon" command, and it appears that it worked because I now see "swapoff" as an option on the context menu. (I actually don't even need a swap partition, except to hibernate.) If I highlight the swap partition and click on "Drive" on Gparted's menu bar and select "Create Partition Table", it will erase all data on /dev/sda, so how do I fix the bad partition table non-destructively?

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Feb 23, 2010

If i have ubuntu dual-booted with windows already, and wanted to get rid of windows entirely, how would i delete its partition?

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