Before I started this, I went into Windows 8 and reduced it's size to allow roughly 10GB of unallocated data. I want to increase Ubuntu 12.10's partition to fill that void.

I ran Ubuntu (Trial) from my CD as told to in multiple tutorials and ran GParted. Here's my GParted screen:

Gparted screenshot

But, when I try to right click and "Move/Resize Partition", it does not allow me to increase the partition size any more. It's "max size" is what it's at currently. How do I make it take over the unallocated space?

sda1 = System Reserved sda2 = Windows 8 ext4 = Ubuntu 12.10

  • Which partition are you trying to increase? right-click on sda4 in the list and expand it first. it constrains the expansion of sda5, which is what I assume you are trying to expand unsuccessfully
    – Jack
    Jun 25, 2020 at 20:21

2 Answers 2


You need to move the partition that is in the way.

i.e You need to move sda4 and sda5 to the left before you have room to expand sda3. You can see this from the graphical layout at the top.


It is possible that you cant move sda4 and sda5 since one is inside the other. Can you try the below steps

  • Expand sda4 to encompass the entire free space.
  • Move sda5 to the left end of this free space(from the right end)
  • Shrink sda4 to again be as large as sda5
  • Resize your linux partition sda3
  • I can't figure out how to do that. Could you please walk me through it? :P
    – Jack
    Jan 25, 2013 at 5:09
  • If you are not able to move sda4/sda5. You can try to resize sda4 -> move sda5 -> shrink sda4
    – Karthik T
    Jan 25, 2013 at 5:10
  • Yeah... Um... I tried what you said in your edit. It gave me an error. i.imgur.com/ppqexNW.png?1
    – Jack
    Jan 26, 2013 at 21:09
  • @Jack what is the error exactly? All I see is a ! in front of /dev/sda2 but otherwise I see nothing else that looks like an error
    – Karthik T
    Jan 27, 2013 at 5:34
  • This is the error: pastie.org/6092377
    – Jack
    Feb 8, 2013 at 3:22

You can't work on the partition you are currently booted into. Work on the ubuntu partition in Windows, or get another program that you can boot from a CD.

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    "I ran Ubuntu (Trial) from my CD as told to in multiple tutorials and ran GParted. "
    – Jack
    Jan 26, 2013 at 20:18

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