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More Partition Confusion

Postby wjwheels on Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:27 am

I have 2 linux partitions on my computer; a 46GiB root partition and a 2GiB swap. I'd like to resize the root, probably down to about 12GiB and make a new partition in the remaining (34GiB) for my Home file. If I do this, do I merely "move" (cut & paste) the entire Home file to the new partition?

Problems so far: GParted (partition manager) will not let me access the root partition to resize it. How can I do it?
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Re: More Partition Confusion

Postby Zwopper on Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:48 am

wjwheels wrote:I have 2 linux partitions on my computer; a 46GiB root partition and a 2GiB swap. I'd like to resize the root, probably down to about 12GiB and make a new partition in the remaining (34GiB) for my Home file. If I do this, do I merely "move" (cut & paste) the entire Home file to the new partition?

Problems so far: GParted (partition manager) will not let me access the root partition to resize it. How can I do it?

It's one of those classic questions... :)
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=9052&p=56206&hilit=move+home#p56206
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... _partition
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Re: More Partition Confusion

Postby wjwheels on Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:14 pm

Thank you very much. That handles moving the Home folder. However, I still can't find how to resize the existing partition to accommodate the new one.
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Re: More Partition Confusion

Postby Zwopper on Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:31 pm

wjwheels wrote:Thank you very much. That handles moving the Home folder. However, I still can't find how to resize the existing partition to accommodate the new one.

The easiest way I found is to boot with the GParted CD - http://gparted-livecd.tuxfamily.org/
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Re: More Partition Confusion

Postby wjwheels on Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:58 pm

Thanks again. I just used Partition Magic to do it. I was just hoping I could do it from within the program, but I guess it's logical that that's impossible being the program is in that partition.... duh!

I think I can get it now. :D
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Re: More Partition Confusion

Postby Zwopper on Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:08 pm

wjwheels wrote:Thanks again. I just used Partition Magic to do it. I was just hoping I could do it from within the program, but I guess it's logical that that's impossible being the program is in that partition.... duh!

I think I can get it now. :D

Well you CAN do it if you load the program first and then unmount the partition, as long as your swap partition is not on an adjecent partition.
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Re: More Partition Confusion

Postby wjwheels on Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:12 pm

Well, I followed the instructions that you linked in Wiki and all is done now. I have no idea HOW it got done, but it did. My new partition doesn't even show up in "Computer", because I guess it's now inside of Home (not actually, but virtually). I didn't get rid of "Old_Home" though. I've got to go back and redo that part. When I ran the command, it started to delete stuff and then stopped with an error. There's nothing in the folder except 2 empty folders; network & wheels (my home name). It would serve as a reminder, I guess, if I just left it there.

Thanks again Zwopper, for all your help.

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Re: More Partition Confusion

Postby catweazle on Wed Feb 20, 2008 4:02 pm

I do all my partition work with the Gparted LiveCD (see link earlier post). It is clear, simple and I never had issues with it.
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Re: More Partition Confusion

Postby Zwopper on Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:03 am

wjwheels wrote:Well, I followed the instructions that you linked in Wiki and all is done now. I have no idea HOW it got done, but it did. My new partition doesn't even show up in "Computer", because I guess it's now inside of Home (not actually, but virtually). I didn't get rid of "Old_Home" though. I've got to go back and redo that part. When I ran the command, it started to delete stuff and then stopped with an error. There's nothing in the folder except 2 empty folders; network & wheels (my home name). It would serve as a reminder, I guess, if I just left it there.

Thanks again Zwopper, for all your help.

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The Network folder is a special folder, you can remove it only if your network connection is disabled.
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Re: More Partition Confusion

Postby derekr44 on Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:39 pm

I did something similar with mine, but I moved my /home to reside on a completely separate drive. :)

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=46866
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