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[SOLVED] How to add more space to Windows partitions?

Post by screenshot » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:42 am

i have similar partitions like on this picture here:
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so how could i add more space to sda2 and sda3 from sda5 and sda6? (with gparted)
(i have swap as sda7, so sda6 would be like the /home partition in my case...)
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Re: How to add more space to Windows partitions?

Post by keithrboz » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:19 am

You'll need to boot into your install disk/usb, as gparted can't operate on mounted partitions.


Start by deleting the swap partition.
Expand sda4 - the extended partition to take up the free space - my experience is that it is quicker to expand, move, shrink in separate operations than mixed.
Move sda5 so that you have room for your swap and your new /home partitions after it.
Create a swap partition - it was 3.95G
Create /home partition
Shrink sda4 to remove the space before sda5
Expand sda3 to what you want.
Move sda3 to the end of the free space
Expand sda2 as needed.
Apply - and go make a long cup of coffee. This lot could take a couple of hours


How would you feel about deleting linux and the extended partition? Then adjusting sda2 & sda3, Then start with a fresh linux as you would like it set up, in the free space? I'd reckon it would be quicker - depends on how confident you are about backing up your data.
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Re: How to add more space to Windows partitions?

Post by screenshot » Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:29 am

ok thanks. i might even do that because then i could also switch to cinnamon and get a new black look on it :)
but then i could also use some windows apps to extend some partitions? although i once even had some issues when i tried to copy files to a usb stick from a linux system, which then made all of the files not usable in the windows system later for some reason? :roll:

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Re: How to add more space to Windows partitions?

Post by keithrboz » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:52 am

Certainly you could use windows to modify the partitions if you delete the lines bits.


I have found that Windows will only recognise exfat usb recently, and mint needed additional drivers to use exfat. Ummmm
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Re: How to add more space to Windows partitions?

Post by screenshot » Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:04 pm

lines bits?
and i can copy all data to ntfs external drive then and they will later work in the new ext4 system also? (or the copying messes something up?)

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Re: How to add more space to Windows partitions?

Post by screenshot » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:50 pm

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Re: How to add more space to Windows partitions?

Post by screenshot » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:12 am

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Re: How to add more space to Windows partitions?

Post by screenshot » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:46 am

so basically... the first usable partition(/dev/sda1) has a windows os on it and also has a "/boot" label on it, but the fresh linux install wants to install Grub on /dev/sda, so should i change it to /dev/sda1 or just leave it to the default /dev/sda?

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Re: How to add more space to Windows partitions?

Post by austin.texas » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:27 am

screenshot wrote:so basically... the first usable partition(/dev/sda1) has a windows os on it and also has a "/boot" label on it, but the fresh linux install wants to install Grub on /dev/sda, so should i change it to /dev/sda1 or just leave it to the default /dev/sda?
You definitely do not want to install Grub to sda1. Install Grub to /dev/sda
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Re: How to add more space to Windows partitions?

Post by screenshot » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:19 pm

ok thanks.
so i basically removed all linux partitions and then created a new extended partition, leaving some unallocated space before it for the windows partitions. and after installing mint on /, i also chose to install grub on /dev/sda because i read from somewhere that this is the correct place, although it seems kind of weird that sda1 is marked as a boot partition, but grub needs to be installed on this 'hidden partition'(mbr...)

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Re: How to add more space to Windows partitions?

Post by austin.texas » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:30 pm

screenshot wrote:although it seems kind of weird that sda1 is marked as a boot partition
sda1 is marked with the boot flag because Windows uses that convention. Linux does not need it anymore. :)
screenshot wrote:... but grub needs to be installed on this 'hidden partition'(mbr...)
In very simple terms, Grub needs to be installed to the MBR (which is not a partition), so that the computer's BIOS sees it when booting.
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