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Can't resize partition with free space

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:24 am
by renzor
Solved, thank you!

Re: Can't resize partition with free space

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:23 am
by Pierre
you may have to move both SDB5 & SDB6 to the left - into that free space,
so that the free space in now between SDB6 & SDB7 if you wish to merge it into SDB7 ( /home )
then extend SDB7 to the left & into that < new > free space.

Re: Can't resize partition with free space

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:57 am
by renzor
Pierre wrote:you may have to move both SDB5 & SDB6 to the left - into that free space,
so that the free space in now between SDB6 & SDB7 if you wish to merge it into SDB7 ( /home )
then extend SDB7 to the left & into that < new > free space.
Can you please explain this is bit more? I'm confused how I would do this in GParted

Re: Can't resize partition with free space

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:28 pm
by Flemur
The fact your free space isn't adjacent to the partitions you want to add it to makes things a bit cumbersome...

Here's what I would do....
- BACKUP EVERYTHING THAT'S IMPORTANT.
- In Windows**, "grow" sdb5 (ntfs) into the free space preceding it.
- Again in Windows, shrink (on right side) sdb5 by the amount you want to add to the other partitions (sdb6&7).
Then you'll have

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sdb4 = ntfs = OS_Install (unchanged)
sdb5 = ntfs
Free space 
sdb6 
sdb7
Then with the liveUSB you do something similar for sdb6&7: grow 6 (or move it) left into the free space, leaving some free space after it to add to sdb7; then "grow" sdb7 into that space.

**In Windows because it's supposedly safer to modify ntfs partitions with proprietary Windows tools.

Re: Can't resize partition with free space

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:52 am
by renzor
Thanks Flemur, that helped clarify my confusion!