I use Ubuntu 11.10 and have three partitions, one ext4 for the root directory, one ext4 for the /home and one for swap.

I need to release disk space so I can increase swap space, and create a new partition for a Windows installation (meh, but it's a need for work stuff like visual studio).

So I was thinking about resizing the /home partition (taking off 50Gbs of about 60Gb free it has) but I'm kinda afraid of things going wrong and losing /home data in this operation.

So, what things should I do to increase safety? (I'm not in conditions to make a proper backup right now).

  • Well, using a physical partition has the advantage of being able to boot directly and inside ubuntu using a virtualization tool. And I'll need to resize it at least to increase my swap area anyway Feb 15, 2012 at 22:28
  • Agreed, was just wondering about it :) Feb 15, 2012 at 22:29
  • In fact, I was experiencing some performance problems with using windows as a vm, and a physical partition sounded like a reasonable solution (cheaper than buying new hardware) Feb 15, 2012 at 22:34
  • Please go thru this QA It may be useful askubuntu.com/questions/102733/…
    – user71408
    Jun 18, 2012 at 10:19

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Data loss is rare when resizing a partition, but obviously can happen. I an not aware of anything you can do to reduce the risk, rather I advise you back up your data first (a working backup is always a good idea anyways).

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