Ubuntu :: Shrinking Ext3 Partition And Giving Free Space To NTFS?

Jul 13, 2010

Using a small hard drive (180 GB) dual booting windows XP for gaming and Ubuntu 9.10 for my other stuff during install I didnt know how much of each partition i would use, so i did 50-50 1 for ext3 and one for NTFSHowever after awhile it seems I have run out of space on my NTFS and have tons of unused space on my ext3.What I am wanting to do is shrink some of that ext3 down and give it it NTFS, I did a little searching and found a couple of old posts but I was a little sketchey on em. Simply looking for some personal Methods or Tools you have used and a starting point of how to use them.

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Fedora Installation :: Shrinking A Ntfs Partition - Free Up Space In Creating Custom Layout?

Nov 22, 2010

Im trying to shrink a 80 Gb ntfs partition. but when i clicked the shrink option the partition is like this:

"sda1(ntfs,0 mb)".

how to free up space in creating custom layout.

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Apr 26, 2011

I shrinked the /home partition using resize2fs command by 1GB and what had happened to remaining my free space .

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Aug 16, 2009

I have just over 20GB of empty space on C:. When I click it under disk-management, the window comes up and says I can only resize it 192 MB less than what it is. But I have 20GB free. Any ideas on what is wrong? I also have this odd 9.56GB partition that is empty. DM says it's "EISA configuration"...whatever that is. I am planning to allocate about 10GB for F11 if this pans out ok.

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Feb 16, 2010

Original disk:
XP NTFS primary
Linux / ext4 logical
Linux /home ext4 logical
Win 7 NTFS logical
NTFS data logical
swap space
NTFS recovery partition

I tried to install linux, as there was a problem with XP overwriting grub, I chose write grub to /dev/sda8 (which is where the linux install was appearing earlier).

I guess this borked the filesystem somehow. Now the NTFS data partition and the swap space are appearing as one free space.
Well actually before that some linux live CDs (including gparted were seeing the entire drive as unpartitioned). I had to go into XP and delete the /ext4 partitions.

Is there any way for me to recover the NTFS data partition ?

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Ubuntu :: Shrinking Windows (ntfs) Partition Inside 9.10?

Jan 15, 2010

im trying to shrink my vista partition with gparted inside ubuntu. I run gparted (and yes i have ntfsprogs) but when i select the ntfs partition and select move/resize it brings up free space preceding... new size... and free space following.so when i input the new size the resize/move button greys out and when i change the freespace following it just puts back my original new size and back and forth.from what i have read i need to run the gparted livecd and go from there. is this true? i know how to do it with diskpart in windows, how to in ubuntu and eventually get rid of windows.my system is 64-bit. [URL]

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Sep 8, 2010

I have nearly 200GB of space free on the HD with my linux main EXT4 partition, and I'm wondering if I can convert a large part of this to a new NTFS partition that I can use for my windows XP paralell install?

Basically, what do I have to do to resize and create the new partition and how do I get windows to recognize it?

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General :: Extending Root Partition By Shrinking VAR Space

Apr 5, 2011

I have serwer Debian with my website. My provider splited the disc into 5GB partition for / and 495GB partition for /var. Everything was going ok for over two years but now I don't have enough memory on /. I'd like to increase the partition but the problem is that /var is just next to it so I can't easily change the end of the first one. I need some safe solution. It might be even just shrinking partition for /var, adding new one after if it helps anyhow (I have about 450GB free memory).

Some outputs
Code: # df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 5201536 5173904 0 100% /
tmpfs 1023464 0 1023464 0% /lib/init/rw
udev 10240 2672 7568 27% /dev
tmpfs 1023464 0 1023464 0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda2 478812280 10336484 444345032 3% /var
overflow 1024 4 1020 1% /tmp

# parted print
GNU Parted 2.3
Using /dev/sda
Welcome to GNU Parted! Type 'help' to view a list of commands.
(parted) print
Model: ATA ST3500418AS (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 512B 5369MB 5369MB primary ext3 boot
2 5369MB 500GB 494GB primary ext3
3 500GB 500GB 538MB primary linux-swap(v1)

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Ubuntu :: Possible To Free Up The Ext3 Journal Space?

Dec 17, 2010

I'm still quite new on linux .. so please accept my question, even if I'm asking something stupid The fact is that I created some months ago a partition of 50 Gb to store my data and I used an ext3 filesystem with journal .. and the journal was about 1 Gb I thinkNow after a few months of usage I moved all my data to a new device and I noticed thapartition was completly emptied, in fact there was still about 10 Gb occupied.All data was moved away, so I think this might be the journal.

Now a few questions:1) Is it normal for a journal to occupy 1/5 of a device? 2) Is there a command or another way to free up the space occupied by the journal?3) Is there a better option in order of filesystem? Maybe it's better to use another one?I usually use ext3 for the system partition and for data storage partition,then I have a partition into where I store clonezilla images for backup purposesand I decided to use reiserfs for it in order to have more space available,even because it's always unmounted and I access onto it only for backup activities

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General :: What Is The Amount Of Space After Formatting For Ext4, Ext3, And Ntfs

Jun 12, 2011

I have just purchased a 2TB drive for my server and I was trying to get an idea of the differences between these file systems or other file systems out there. What is the amount of space after formatting for ext4, ext3, and ntfs?

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General :: 17 GB Free Space In Two NTFS Partitions?

Feb 10, 2011

I have 17 gb free in two ntfs partitions. What I'm going to do is.,.

boot 139mb ext4
root 9gb ext4
swap 1200mb swap
home 7gb ext4

Is it ^ ok ? Should I change anything ?

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Ubuntu :: Partition Manager: Unable To Resize Partition To Use Free Space BEFORE Partitio?

May 29, 2011

I have around 30gb of free space in my partition table immediately before the Linux partition. I want to resize my linux partition to take up this space.

I tried booting with live cd, sucessfully umounted the hard drive but found I could not resize the partition. On clicking the 'edit size' button, partition manager recognised the free space before the partition but when i reduced this, the 'ok' button was greyed out. (it was not greyed out for the windows partition so I could, in theory, increase the windows partition to take up the free space but this is not what i wanted to do).

I am pretty sure that I had managed to unmount the drive correctly as the padlock symbol had dissapeared (I took the attached screenshot, which does show the lock symbol, after rebooting into my normal system).

Anyone got any ideas as to why it wont allow this? There is no reason why i can resize the partition to take up the free space BEFORE it is there?

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Jun 15, 2010

Currently, my partitions are set up as such:

83GB ext3 free space
~10GB ntfs HP/Vista Recovery Partition
~93GB Ubuntu (Hardy Heron)

I tried to just have two partitions (recovery and ubuntu), but because of the different file systems, and the placement of the hp recovery partition, it has to be right in the middle. This is basically what I want to do:

1) Reinstall Hardy Heron on a new (smaller) partition from the free space partition.
2) Once it's working properly, format the rest of the hard drive (getting rid of the recovery partition) and create a single ext3 partition.
3) Install another distro on this new partition.

Does anyone foresee any complications with all this slicing and dicing of my hard drive for which I should/could prepare?

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Aug 18, 2011

i am following the installation process and its very unclear whether or not a dual boot will occur and how i can make a partition of the free space available from my windows partition etc....i dont want to go through the process and find myself losing all my data and my windows partition i also cant seem to select a partition less than 86% of the total capacity of hdd so im def sure they're not taking my dual boot desires into consideration.

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Debian :: Separate /home Partition From System Partition - Free Space Gone?

Dec 15, 2010

My debian 5 is up and running smoothly and act as file-server in the middle of windows network jungle using samba the only problem is, after backup an external hdd (213 GB) to my /home partition, I end up with message say that I'm running out free space. Fyi my debian installed on 1TB SATA disk, and I separate my /home partition from system what happen to my free space ? here is screenshot of my disk, using disk usage analyzer: is there is a way to get my space back or something missing on my setup.or I have to reinstall my debian and use LVM when partitioning my disk?

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Ubuntu :: Manually Change Disk Size By Giving It Space From Another Partition

Apr 9, 2010

how to manually change the disk size by giving it space from another partition. I dont have gparted installed.

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Ubuntu Networking :: NFS Server Exporting NTFS Partition Giving Stale File Error?

Apr 3, 2010

I'm trying to setup a small network between my old and new laptops to transfer my personal data. They are now linked with a crossover cable and they see each other.The old one has a dual-boot setup with WinXp and Ubuntu 9.10.The new one with Win7 and Ubuntu 9.10.I tried samba but it was very slow even using Windows in both computers: maximum transfer rates were about 1,5 Mib/sec.I tried SSH using ubuntu on both pcs and it is reliable and much faster, 5 Mib/sec. But I wanted more...I installed the NFS server on the old one and exported the NTFS partition where my data resides with sync and ro options.

I installed the NFS client on the new one and i'm able to mount the remote partition.Now, when I transfer my files I get very high speed, more than 10 Mib/sec but after a while I get a "Stale NFS file handler" error but I really didn't touch any file in the old pc and the connection is always up.Searching on the web I found that NFS had some troubles exporting NTFS partitions in the past but should be fully compatible with them since the last versions of ubuntu.

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Ubuntu :: Keeping Files Moved From NTFS Partition To EXT3 Safe

Mar 13, 2010

Long story short, my Windows had a fatal crash the other day and since I couldn't find the installation disk, I burned the Ubuntu 9.10 disk image to a CD at a friend's place and installed it on one partition of the hard drive. The other partition contained tons of Windows programs and documents in an NTFS system. Ubuntu is cool and all, but when I finally found the Windows disk, I wanted to reinstall it for dual-booting, to use some programs that don't run well in Wine.

To keep some documents safe and not waste any CDs, I moved them over to the Ubuntu partition before installing Windows. As experienced ubuntuists know, the slightly clumsy Windows installer erases GRUB in the process, and it's recommended to install Windows first. So, now I ended up with a working Windows partition and an Ubuntu partition with all of the stored data, which I can access via guest status with the burned CD.

Here's the catch though - as a guest and without Linux properly installed I can't move anything I moved to the Linux partition from the Windows partition back anymore. All the folders have a little X on their top corner. I'd be glad to reinstall Ubuntu now, but I must know how to keep all that tranferred data safe. Can I keep it there during the reinstallation? Should I install Wubi on Windows and access the stuff through it?

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General :: Add / Of 3000mb In The Remaining 20380mb Free Space It Showing An Error Message That No Free Space Is Available

Jul 25, 2010

I have 160gb laptop. i installed vista in c primary partition which is 25gb and installed ubuntu in d primary partition which is 20gb. A remainig for my data. Now i tried to install CENT OS by formatting ubuntu. I inserted CENT OS DVD and restarted and i selected to delete my /dev/sda2 which is showing 20480mb and it shown me free space. but i tried to add partion /boot of 100mb it got added. but, when i am trying to add / of 3000mb in the remaining 20380mb free space it showing an error message that no free space is available.

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General :: Ntfs To Ext3 - Move /home To The Other Partition That Exists On My Computer?

May 10, 2010

I've been trying to figure out how to move /home to the other partition that exists on my computer, however it's ntfs and turns out it's impossible to move my /home there. So how do convert that ntfs partition to ext3, I don't mind loosing data that's in that partition. [url] is the partition I'm talking about. So what's the best way to do it ? If you write what commands I should use please include partition names.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Seem To Merge The 160 Gig's Of Free Space Into Partition?

Jan 11, 2010

I deleted Win7 from my dual boot but I cannot seem to merge the 160 gig's of free space into my ubuntu partition, ran the live gparted but it will not let me expand the ubuntu partition!

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Ubuntu :: Delete A Partition And Use The Free Space For Another OS?

May 25, 2010

OK so basically I have 3 partions on my 500 gb. hdd.

1. Windows 7 64-bit (375gb partion)

2. Ubuntu 9 (50gb partion)

3. Ubuntu 10(75gb partion)

Is there anyway I can remove Ubuntu 9 and allow Windows 7 to use that 50gb that was once used by Ubuntu 9.

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Ubuntu :: Converting Free Space To Partition

Jul 10, 2010

I'm dual booting Win7 with Ubuntu 10... I just 'shrunk' some disk space in my NTFS partition (about 60gb); and want to assign it to my current Linux partition. In the 'disk utility', I see 60gb 'free' and unformatted. How can I take this 60gb and add it to my current Linux partition (/dev/sda5)?

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Ubuntu :: Auto-partition Free Space

Nov 16, 2010

I am trying to install Ubuntu on a computer that will do a dual boot (Windows XP and Ubuntu). My drive is 1.5TB. I have installed WinXP first creating 20GB partition for it. Rest of the drive remained as an unpartitioned space. Now, on top of that I am trying to install Ubuntu. I got as far as the screen that asks me to partition hard drive. What I would like to do is to create the following partitions:

/ - where the system will go (20GB)
/swap - well, swap (5GB)
/media - for my media files (rest of the HD ~1.4TB)

Unfortunately, I was unable to do so (or it is beyond my noob Linux skills). The only two partition types available were Primary and Logical. When I created two partitions:


I got an error that warned me to go back and "rethink" my strategy (do not remember exact error). When I tried auto-partition free space, I got:


but / took the whole remaining 1.5TB of the drive. How do I create the three partitions that I would like to have?

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Ubuntu Servers :: Eliminating A Partition And Using Free Space?

Feb 15, 2010

I screwed up with my Ubuntu Server Grub2 on 9.10. I want to know since I just did a reinstall on top of the old one. Can I eliminate one of them (doesn't matter) and return it to Ubuntu and 7. Now grub shows the new install, win 7 and the old ubuntu's that I had before and they all 3 work. so how can I restore grub in the old ones to a default setting and then eliminate the new one? or just eliminate the old ones? Or should I do what I think is prob what I will have to do and completely reinstall Windows and then put Ubuntu back on?

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Jul 2, 2010

I'm relatively new to ubuntu. I want to run ubuntu alongside my windows partition. I have shrunk the volume that leaves me 50 gb of free space for ubuntu. Will the system automatically set the system and mount volume sizes? If not can I have some tips on manually using the 50 gb to set it up.

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Jan 24, 2011

I have a notebook with dual boot windows and Ubuntu 10.10 on a 80 Gig hard drive. The windows XP partition was initially installed and took up the whole drive (dev/sda1). I then freed up some space and created and installed Ubuntu (/dev/sda6) and swap (/dev/sda5) on an extended partition (/dev/sda2). Initially I only freed up 3.6 Gig which I thought would be more than enough but not any more. I cannot even install the updates as there is only 100 Meg left which is not enough. I then freed up more space (8 gig) from the windows partition to allocate to Ubuntu.

My problem is that I can't seem to find to now allocate this "freed-up" space to Ubuntu? I realise that I have to boot-up from a the Ubuntu live disk so that the hard drive is not mounted to allow changes but I'm still unable to change the partitions. I'm using GParted.
The drive looks like this currently:
[...NTFS] [...Unallocated] [...Extended{(ext4),(linux-swap)}]

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Apr 8, 2011

I'd like to wipe free space on a fat 32 partition, momentary by doing


cat /dev/urandom >garbage

That stops each time the file is 4GB big, as this is the maximum supported filesize for fat32 partitions. So I redo the command, only writing now to "garbage2" or so.Is there any more elegant way to do that? Maybe by script which automatically generates new file names, until the disc is full?

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Feb 24, 2010

I just installed a new hard drive with OS X on my iMac G5 PowerPC. The drive size is 1TB. OS X Leopard is currently only using about 80 gigs of that space. For some reason, at the disk preparation from my live PowerPC Ubuntu install, the entire bar is green with only 8kb of (white) free space. I want to partition the computer to add Ubuntu to it, but I don't want to risk partitioning my hard drive and losing any data affiliated with the current o/s installed on it (OS X Leopard). What is the best way to go about doing this? A manual partition?

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Apr 28, 2010

I'm a new user to Linux & Ubuntu. My system is Windows 7 in one partition, one partition has free space to load my data, another partition is present to load Ubuntu. Can somebody please tell me how to go about the installation process when I'm already having an OS preinstalled?

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