Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am having this set up at the moment :

enter image description here

and I would like to give the unallocated space between /dev/sda3/ and /dev/sda4 to /dev/sda5`. How can I do that now ?

share|improve this question
Do be sure to make a backup first since moving sda5 will take a very long time, and a crash or power failure will trash the partition. Also the red "!" indicates that there is already something wrong with that partition, so you should take a look at the details to see what. – psusi Nov 18 '13 at 18:33
up vote 2 down vote accepted

There are some steps you must follow:

  1. You must fix your NTFS partition that is dirty. Boot up Windows, open the command line and type chkdsk /f X:, changing X for each of the letter of your volumes. Reboot twice.
  2. Now with a Live CD without any mounted partition, redimension the sda4 extended partition to fill the unallocated space. Now that space will be inside the extended partition.
  3. Now redimension/move the partitions as you like to fill the now "free space".

That's all

share|improve this answer

You have to do this on a live CD, unmount all your partitions, including swap, and do it in steps. Right now sda5 and sda6 are mounted, so you can not work with them.

From a live CD, first unmount all your partitions (you can do this in the gparted menu).

Then, in steps, -> Increase the size of sda4 -> apply changes -> increase the size of sda5 -> apply changes.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.