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My root partition (sda5) became to tight for me and I decided to expand it. Unfortunately, after I resize /home (sda6 partition), I understood I cannot expand sda5, because of fragmentation.
So I created partition sda8 on unallocated space, and did #cat /dev/sda5 > /dev/sda8 Next, I resized sda8 to all available space resize2fs /dev/sda8
After that, I opened sda8/boot/grub/grub.cfg and replaced old UUID to new one (same as old, but with "1" on ending).
After that I was able to remove old sda5 entirely, but I "just" renamed sda5/grub to sda5/_grub (just in case)
And now I cannot boot because of the following error:
error: file /boot/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod not found.
As I understand, the system tried to find grub on sda5...

============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

=> Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks in partition 112 for . sda5:


File system:       ext4
Boot sector type:  -
Boot sector info: 
Operating System:  Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS
Boot files:        /etc/fstab

sda8:


File system:       ext4
Boot sector type:  -
Boot sector info: 
Operating System:  Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS
Boot files:        /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab

============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda


Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sda1 * 2,048 718,847 716,800 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS /dev/sda2 718,848 112,334,847 111,616,000 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS /dev/sda3 112,336,894 234,440,703
122,103,810 5 Extended /dev/sda5 112,336,896 132,879,864
20,542,969 83 Linux /dev/sda6 132,882,432 169,746,431
36,864,000 83 Linux /dev/sda7 210,274,304 234,440,703
24,166,400 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS /dev/sda8 169,748,480
210,272,255 40,523,776 83 Linux

  • At the minimum you will need to reinstall grub, so MBR can find new UUID. (partition 112 obviously does not exist). help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair Probably best to use advanced mode and total un-install/reinstall of grub2. – oldfred Apr 29 '18 at 23:30
  • @oldfred did this. Now I have problem with DE. In recovery mode OS able to start Unity via command line (ctrl+alt+F1 #unity), in other ways I cannot able use a terminal. – Areso May 1 '18 at 10:56
  • Post link to full Boot-Repair Summary Report. – oldfred May 1 '18 at 14:36
  • paste.ubuntu.com/p/XfYx5bPsFr – Areso May 1 '18 at 14:57
  • It looks like sda5 & sda8 do still have same UUID. Best to change one and reinstall grub & edit fstab, if the one you now are booting from. sudo tune2fs -U random /dev/sdaX – oldfred May 1 '18 at 18:04

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