Ubuntu Installation :: GParted Reports Disk As Unallocated Space
Dec 10, 2010
Although I've seen several threads with the same problem, I have not managed to solve the problem. GParted identifies my /dev/sda as unallocated disk space! The machine a Dell Inspiron M101Z laptop running Ubuntu 10.10 32 bit + W7 64 bit. I wouldn't have discovered the problem until I decided to replace my 32 bit Ubuntu with the 64 bit version, then GParted from the live cd identified my drive as Unallocated space!
I've already tried to use testdisk to write the partition table, but though it writes the table successfully and then it prompts to reboot, GParted still sees it as Unallocated. I've also tried fdisk /dev/sda then p then w to write the partition table, but again GParted screws up for some reason and sees it as Unallocated.
Total Newbie running Win 7, Lucid Lynx 64-bit, sharing partitionUbuntu keeps reporting low disk space. I've read dozens of postings, looked at gparted and done some resizing but it's still not right. Had to remove everything I could last night to free up space.Disk utility shows I have an 18 GB root.disk, gparted shows partition has 204 GB available.The space is there in the partition how do I get root size to increase?
I used to run Windows and Ubuntu side by side. I have removed Windows and only run Linux now. However, when I try to release the partitions for use with Linux, Gparted just doesn't give me the correct resize options. Have attached a file, so you can see my problem. I believe its because the /dev/sda4 drive is sandwiched between the two unallocated partitions, and I just have no option of resizing into those empty ones. I have tried formatting them, but it just won't play. Ignore the fact they have locked keys, I have been using the Live CD to boot, but this screenshot was taken from my normal login.
I have accidentally deleted the first booting parition (Windows 7) with GParted, so then I immediately googled and found an utility testdisk which has successfully recovered the parition and it can boot and be seen from linux again. Only Exception is GParded, which sees an unallocated space on whole disk from this point!
I found this post [URL].. which looks like solution, but I can't figure he count a number of sectors 978726293. 500107862016 / 978726293 = 510.978263885 what is near to 512 (sector size), but not equal. So I don't understand the arithmetic.
I have 500 MB of unallocated space on my hard drive. I would like to create a new partition with ext 3. Unfortunately, gparted gives an error so I am wondering if there is a way to do this without using gparted.
I am trying to partition my unallocated part of the disc in my laptop in ubuntu 10.04 using Gparted.Here is a screenshot of my disk and its partitions:
when i select the unallocated space i can ONLY create a PRIMARY partition..the LOGICAL and EXTENDED ones are grayed out.. i want to partition this unallocated space in two or three parts, and it seems i only have one (out of the four) primary partitions left.. so i cannot create the partitions i want!
I installed a dual boot windows 7 and xubuntu and now decided that I would like to allocate more hard disk space to xubuntu. I've resized the windows partition (sda2 in the screenshot) and it is now the grey unallocated. I'm having trouble moving this unallocated space to the linux portion (sda5). I did my homework and found that this is done by booting off a live cd and using gparted from there, because you can't modify a partition that you're using. I also read that you had to turn swap off. I did both of these tasks, but as you can see from the attached screenshot, I am unable to resize the linux partition to fill the unallocated space.
Here's my "sudo fdisk -l" for reference:
Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Also, the sda4 is a shared partition that I can access from both windows and linux.
I switched my laptop from a Windows only PC to a Windows-Linux dual boot. These 2 OS's use all 4 of my primary partitions:On Windows I have a 4.4 GB restore partition which can be used to restore the PC to its initial shipping state.I also have a 28 GB primary windows partition.On Ubuntu I have a 1.8 GB swap drive and a 28 GB ext3 drive for everything else.When I configured the dual boot I intentionally left 30GB dik space unclaimed figuring that if I liked Ubuntu I'd assign it to Ubuntu otherwise I could give it to Windows.
I now know that I love Ubuntu but I'm running out of storage on my disk. I can't delete the Windows partition because I need it for a few programs that don't run on Linux. I'd like to just expand the ext3 partition to take the 30GB that are currently unclaimed.However, I don't see an easy way to do this. When I go to create a partition GParted tells me that I can't have more than 4 primary partitions on a drive, that I need an extended partition.Unfortunately, an extended partition is also a primary partition so I have to delete an existing partition to get this to work. So my question is: Isn't there some way that I can just extend the Ubuntu partition to take advantage of the 30GB unallocated space?
I'm fairly new to ubuntu. I set up dual boot with 10.4 (64bit) on a machine with windows 7 installed first.Everything worked just fine but it seems that there is a bunch of unallocated space on my hard drive. Can anyone explain what all the different partitions are and if/how I can "clean it up"?
I was trying to install Fedora 13, on to my laptop. I have 30 GB of unallocated space in extended partition. When trying to install Fedora 13, I got stuck, as the installer says that there is no free space for installation.can convert the unallocated space into free space.
I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my laptop last week. I had it dual-booted with Vista, but when it became apparent that I would be using Ubuntu much more than Vista from now on I wanted to resize my partitions. Originally, Vista was ~180 Gib with about 100 Gib of free space and Ubuntu was ~ 40 Gib with about 5 Gib of free space.So all in all there was ~105 Gib of free space on my system.When I tried to resize my partitions from the Ubuntu live CD, it bombed out after it had already resized the two main partitions. When I rebooted, Ubuntu loaded fine and Gparted now says that it is 120 Gib, which is right but there is still about 5 Gib of free space.The Vista partition only has ~28 Gib of free space, so now I only have ~33 Gib of free space
We are using thin client systems in our work environment. There is a central ubuntu server and by using thin clients, we are connecting to our homes. The problem is when I try to install an application, it reported me that I had 200 mb of disk space. But when i try to look from console, I see that /home folder has over 250 gb s of disk space. Even when I try to look from baobab, Disk Usage Analyzer in Ubuntu, i see that my home file system is full.
So what's the reason that I am receiving different kinds of disk space report from different sources? Our system admin here told me that some applications foolishly try to see the physical devices on the thin client and got confused as a result. Is this true?
I'm installing a dual-boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7. Windows 7 is installed first. However, I also have some Dell proprietary stuff installed on two more primary partitions, which I can't get rid of. Meaning, I have one primary partition slot free. I shrunk my Windows 7 partition by 50GB and booted my Live CD of Ubuntu 9.04. I chose to install, and when I got to the partitioning part, I saw the 50 GB of unallocated space.
I chose to let Ubuntu install side by side, and choose what to let me boot. However, I got some error about too many primary partitions and, magically, my Windows partition got all of its space back, save for 2.5GB. Of course, I got enough errors and I didn't install Ubuntu. I rebooted back to Windows and I had to have chkdsk go through all my files. I also checked when on the Ubuntu CD and I noticed something about my hard drive configuration I have NEVER seen before. it said something about 4 or 5 gigs containing WINDOWS XP! I have never had Windows XP on this thing! What gives? Anyways, where did I go wrong, and what can I do to dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu?
I had to reinstall my Ubuntu 10.04 system after some trouble trying to remove a FAT32 partition. I reinstalled using the Live Ubuntu CD (not Ubuntu Studio CD) and seems to work fine. I want to know if its normal to have an unallocated space before the boot partition? I installed GRUB2 in the sdb1, not in main sdb. Ubuntu boots fine, but I was wondering if the unallocated space affects it being detected properly by other systems? When I boot OS X I get an error that the HD is not formatted. Previously I was not getting the error. OS X & Ubuntu are each on a separate SATA HD and Windows XP is on a third IDE HD.
i used gddrescure to clone an 80gb harddrive and this is the result ROFL.i guess you can only do this making sure the target drive is the same size, you see i didnt know lol so..i now have THIS problem.can anyone tell me how to turn my unallocated space into a usable 'free' space? i could play with gparted right now but i dont wanna do anything wrong, so if theres anyone who can tell me how to do this.
my home partition is an extended one, and when i want to create an unallocated space the space will stay in that extended partition. but there is also an 7 gb unallocated space which i want to merge with the other unallocated space. I also cannot extend that partition over that 7 gb. how can i overcome that problem?
i m also uploading a screenshot of gparted.[URL]..
I installed last month using manual partitioning from the live cd and saw only today that I have these 2x 1MB unallocated spaces as shown in the screenshot. A notebook where I used the same manual partitioning method also has this. Any ideas ? I certainly don't want to reinstall as all is fine on both machines.
I tried to repartition my hard (320GB) drive yesterday because I need (40 GB) more space in windows, below I mention the previous file system and later file system architecture. It is dual boot (windows 7 and Fedora 13). I am sorry that I did not take screenshot!
1. boot partition, 100 MB 2. windows-7, around 75 GB 3. extended, around 230 GB
inside extended 3 logical partitions:
3a. 125 GB for backupv(NTFS) 3b. 4 GB for linux swap 3c. 100 GB for linux
I used gparted. Since I had to create more space in between windows and logical partition for increasing windows, (I could not shrink Linux as it comes to the end) so I removed Linux (I reinstalled later) first, moved (hold in the middle and drag) backup partition to the right by 40 GB, created a primary partition out of the left portion of logical partition and merged with windows. Finally installed Fedora on the right most portion (60 GB now) in the logical partition. Now my file system looks like following;
Now my problem is, I don't like that 7.84 MB unallocated space in the logical partition. I was told that it (smaller than the smallest chunk gparted can allocate to any partition) will always be there unless we allow some program to do the partitioning automatically rather than I manipulate/move it manually? It is true? If so is there (m)any software which can do this? Or simply how to get rid of this unallocated space.
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?
After I formated my windows partition using GParted it became Unallocated and moved under Extended partitions. I can't create the unallocated partition as primary one, or drag it out of the extended ones. I tried GParted live CD also, but nothing worked.
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.
using onboard windows disk management i have made 75gb unallocated to add to the aforementioned ntfs data partition. but, after resizing extended partition, will i need to fix grub even though i will be adding the unallocated space to a storage partition and not the ubuntu boot partition?
My motherboard on my old HP laptop died, so I bought a new machine that's running Windows 7.The machine is a Compaq (HP) and has a 250 Gig hard disk. I used Windows Disk Manager to shrink the space Windows is in so I can install Ubuntu in that space.When I start the partitioner it says the free space is unusable. I ran Gparted and sure enough, there are already 4 primary partitions on my drive:
/dev/sda1 = ntfs - SYSTEM /dev/sda2 = ntfs unallocated
I recently deleted my partition of Windows 7 and am now only using Ubuntu. The problem occurs when i try to resize my partition to include the now unallocated 370 GB that used to be windows. When i boot from a live cd of ubuntu 10.04 and go into GParted, I right click and hit resize and it will not let me increase the size of the existing ubuntu partition.
After installing Windows 7, and shrinking my Ubuntu 10.04 partition, I can't expand my Windows 7 Partition. I see that it is inside of "extended", but I have no idea of how to get it out, and use it to expand my Windows 7 Partition. Here is a screenshot (I'm using a live CD) Also, I want to know why Windows 7 is called Windows XP in gparted, and how to change that.
I originally had an Ubuntu partition on my hard drive which occupied about half of it. I installed Windows 7 in the remaining unallocated space and I was planning on doing a grub update from a live cd afterwards. BUT when I looked at my partition table, the space where the ubuntu partition used to be is now unallocated space!