This is my problem, I downloaded the ubuntu 11.10 ISO file from the web. I burned it on a CD, inserted the CD, shutdown the computer, installed Ubuntu 11.10 and there was a moment I was asked how much space I wanted to dedicate to it, it was default 18GB and I left it that way. Unfortunately, I didn't really know what I was doing and now my homefolder is only 18GB big with only 2.4 GB free. I do not have a partition for my home folder, this is how it looks like

My partitions

Is there any way I can increase my home folder size WITHOUT uninstalling ubuntu again?

  • Your image file indicates an 181GB partition for Ubuntu. I don't see a separate partition for a /home folder. It looks like you have plenty of room, 175GB if I'm not mistaken. I'm only fluent in English so I may have miss read the labels in your image.
    – fragos
    Mar 4, 2012 at 23:54
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    @fragos: note that the partition you're referring to is not mounted, and the first ntfs partition is mounted at /host. I have a feeling this is a Wubi install
    – Sergey
    Mar 5, 2012 at 0:11
  • you see everything right, there is indeed 175GiB free, but my homefolder has only 2.2 GiB free... I also saw this post, but that couldn't really help me askubuntu.com/questions/18462/…
    – user47998
    Mar 5, 2012 at 16:37

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You can resize a partition by booting from the Ubuntu Live CD. There's a chance you might have some data loss when resizing partitions with data on them, but if it's a fresh install what's to loose? I've used this method to successfully resize a partition with Windows 7 and Ubuntu dual booted HD. If you're Ubuntu install didn't come with gparted, just open software center from the live CD and install it. You can then un-mount the drive to be resized if it's mounted, then select it with gparted and choose resize.

  • when i insert my cd i can only choose between try and install ubuntu
    – user47998
    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:46
  • yes indeed people it was a wubi install and It looked like this upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/30/Wubi_screenshot.png
    – user47998
    Mar 5, 2012 at 17:30
  • Select try Ubuntu. You can use gParted from the live cd after selecting try Ubuntu. Mar 5, 2012 at 17:34
  • I am now on try ubuntu but there is nothing that indicates my home folder
    – user47998
    Mar 5, 2012 at 18:15
  • You'll see the home folder in /media/yourdrivehere (it will have a long name like this: fd306a7e-4074-45c2-b29c-f9b540077949. You don't need to access the home folder to resize the partition though. You only need to open gparted and locate the partition containing your new installation. Mar 6, 2012 at 0:04

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