- First, my partitioning looks like so:
I do not like how it looks, and am not sure how I came up with that extended partition
sda3[**] which I do not need, but it did not bother me initially, so I continued with that structure.
At a certain point I have shrunk the Windows partition and used the new partition to test different Linux-es. Now, that is called
I am not sure if I use the terminology properly, but
sda2is my only linux partition outside the large extended partition. (As far as I understand it, an extended partition is like a container for smaller partitions: in a way
sda3contains and is formed by sda5, 6 and7.)
I have used
sda2to test different Linux OS-es. At a certain point, when
sda7was not a system partition, but an empty one, I have tried to enlarge
sda7but this was not possible - I think because
sda7was within the extended partition
sda3. So, I just copy/pasted the
sda2, which was a system partition into the free
sda7(with Gparted) and in this way have transferred the system to a larger partition. But now I would like to enlarge even more
sda7(now my system partition): and cannot do it. I would like to use
sda2which now is separated and kind of useless.
sda5is a space to deposit files.
My question is:
Is it possible to change this structure of my partitions so as to add
sda2 space to my system partition
sda7 without having to remove my system - that is: without formatting
I am familiar with Gparted booting from external USB and with Boot Repair. So, I do not mind if solving this would corrupt the grub, I could restore it later with Boot Repair. I just want to now what would be the chances of adding the space of
sda2 to the system partition.
[**I am under the impression, although not really sure, that the structure of
sda3 as extended partition is the result of the manipulations made while installing/testing different Linux-es on
sda2 and that the partitioning program of the system installer was able to change the record entries of what now are sda5, 6 and 7 without formatting them: so, I hope to do something like that from a bootable GParted USB].