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I booted with gparted and it shows my main partition and an extended, wiht linux-swap inside(I do not know what this is) and I have about 17.00 GB of free space on a new partition but I cant seem to merge. When I click on the main partition and put resize it does not give me any options to merge, resize, etc.

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Try to copy the swap partition, and pasting it right to the unailocated space. the deleting the old swap – vegard torvund Dec 15 '13 at 0:27
I get 510 mb of unallocated space in the middle where the original dev/sda5 used to be and cant expand sda1. Is there anyway to bring those next to each other... – Eduardo Dennis Dec 15 '13 at 0:44
ok thanks I got it now, I had to play around with resize and move to get the unallocated right next to sda1 – Eduardo Dennis Dec 15 '13 at 0:53
See also Moving Space Between Partitions. – Curtis Gedak Dec 15 '13 at 18:03
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First, you need to delete the partition (New Partition #1) Then you will be able to resize sda1

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Just leave the swap partition. – vegard torvund Dec 15 '13 at 0:04
I deleted it and I have 17gb of unallocated space, but I still cannot resize sda1.. – Eduardo Dennis Dec 15 '13 at 0:17
Did you also press apply after deleting it? – vegard torvund Dec 15 '13 at 0:20
check update on original post – Eduardo Dennis Dec 15 '13 at 0:27

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