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Ubuntu currently won't use more than 4GiBs on my computer, but I need more space. My computer can hold much more than 4GiBs. How do I allow Ubuntu to use more? Please give step-by-step instructions in plain English.


I'm referring to my Ubuntu operating system. I installed it using Wubi through Microsoft Windows. I deleted Wubi from my Windows desktop after installation. All I want is to expand my Ubuntu operating system. I plan to gradually transition from Windows to Ubuntu and so I'll need to transfer more files and programs from Windows to Ubuntu in the future.

Right now, I already need more GiBs for Ubuntu. I can barely use Ubuntu right now because there's almost no space left. I simply want Ubuntu to use what space I need it to use. People, please quit complicating this issue and inform me how to make Ubuntu use more space.

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Please specify what you mean by "space". – Mechanical snail Jun 6 '12 at 8:56
Ubuntu release? – Mitch Jun 6 '12 at 8:57
How did you install Ubuntu? Did you install it by booting from an Ubuntu install CD/DVD or USB flash drive and clicking Install Ubuntu, or did you install it while in Windows, with the Windows installer (Wubi). Please also open a Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T), run df -h, and provide the output. You can provide this and other requested information by editing your question to include it. – Eliah Kagan Jun 6 '12 at 8:58
@EliahKagan: almost certainly Wubi since that is the default (min) size of a Wubi install ;) – izx Jun 6 '12 at 9:02
and see on how to do it – izx Jun 6 '12 at 9:02

I suppose that you are referring to RAM. Your system does not use more than 4GB because you have installed a 32bit system, but don't worry, do this:

sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-pae
then reboot. Now you can check with free how much RAM is used by your system.

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