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I have a Sony Vaio laptop with 320GB HDD and 3GB RAM. It came with Windows 7. I chose to install Ubuntu 12.04. At the time of installation of ubuntu I did partition as follows.

NTFS - 14 GB (Windows 7 Recovery)
NTFS - 140 MB (Windows 7 Loader)
Swap area - 1.5 GB
EXT4 - 162 GB (/)
Free Space - 142 GB

Now after installation it only shows 149 GB of free space inside /home. How do I recover the free space of 142 GB? And how do I allocate it? Do I have to reinstall the OS if I need to recover it?

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you don't need to reinstall ubuntu.Just take a screenshot of gparted and then upload it to provide the uploaded link here. – Avinash Raj Feb 6 '14 at 9:52

You don't have to reinstall Ubuntu. Simply use gparted to allocate the free space.

sudo apt-get install gparted

Fire it up with

gksudo gparted

and reallocate the free space as desired.

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if you can run a live session - i.e from the installation media you used, you can resize you partitions from there using either Disk Utility or GParted to recover your free space.

Otherwise, you can't resize a partition while it is still mounted.

Good luck and keep us updated.

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