Greetings ~ I am a new Linux/Ubuntu user. For various reasons (mostly my own ignorance) I am on my third install of Ubuntu 12.04. I want to partition the hard drive to create a drive for data and personal files in case I ever have to install again. I have been struggling all afternoon to make a gparted live USB. Tuxboot looked like the answer but I get an error message when using it. So, I am asking for help. Ultimately, I want to partition the hard drive for data and personal files. What do you recommend?
If your Ubuntu install is not using all your HDD space you can make a partition using the free space. If you used all the space for Ubuntu, you have to use a liveCD to partition the hard drive, because you can not resize an in use partition.
A good and free partition editor is
After you start
After the resize, you will have to make a new partition for data:
Now check all the modification you made and confirm them by clicking the "tick" or Modify->Apply
Now you can reboot. Remember that this partition won't be auto-mounted at the startup, in order to do this you have to modify the
P.S.: Reading this article may help you during the resize operation: http://www.howtogeek.com/114503/how-to-resize-your-ubuntu-partitions/