I'm currently dual-booting to either Ubuntu 10.10 or Windows XP. However, I rarely use windows and would like to remove it.

I've use the Ubuntu live CD to access GParted. I've also deleted the windows partitions (I think), which were labeled both ntfs and fat32.

I'm just not sure how to extend the Ubuntu partition to cover the unallocated space. Furthermore, how do I deal with the 'key' designations, which state that a partition is busy.


  • Could you elaborate on what you mean by "key designations"? – nem75 Apr 21 '11 at 20:39
  • there is a key icon near two of the partitions, sd4 (extended) and sd6 (linux-swap). The information for each states that one is busy and the other is active. – ATMathew Apr 21 '11 at 20:41


You need the LiveCd or LiveUSB first. Afterwards boot from the Live unit and select gparted as you mention in your question. Do NOT mount any unit or you will need to unmounted to work on it. Right click on the partition you wish to resize (To use the free space left in the same hard drive) and select Resize/Move. Then just drag the bars in the upper part to accomodate the amount of space you want left if any and click on Accept.

An example would be the following images:

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in the above image, you can assume that ext4 is NTFS.

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Right click on the "NTFS" assuming it was NTFS and select Resize/Move

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The bar in the upper part of the windows show 3 colors:

Yellow - The space used by you in that partition. Could be pictures, programs, etc...
White - Space still empty in that partition.
Gray - Space in the hard drive not used by any partition.

You need to drag and occupy the gray part left in the hard drive which is the space left after you DELETED the windows partition.

Or simply put in the Free Space Preceding 0 and in the Free Space Following 0. Then on the New Size put the max size available (HINT: What i do is input a HUGE number then click once to lower the amount, which will set the size to one unit less of the maximum and then click once to raise the amount which will set the size to the actual maximum size. Then click on Resize and the apply that. When finish just boot and you are done.

For the STATUS of your partitions.

Since you are starting from the LiveCD you would most likely only see 2 status. Mount and Unmount. If the unit is mounted just right click on it in the Gparted and select Unmount. If it is unmounted you can start working on it right away since no other program is using it.

  • Don't forget to backup your important data before you do that – Takkat Apr 21 '11 at 21:07
  • will add that also. VERY IMPORTANT. Thank you Takkat – Luis Alvarado Apr 21 '11 at 21:10
  • Updated last part just in case confusion – Luis Alvarado Apr 23 '11 at 18:33
  • @LuisAlvarado i want to do the same thing but resize option i snot available it you can see my question here askubuntu.com/questions/492804/… – agha rehan abbas Jul 7 '14 at 17:13

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