I am dual-booting win8 and xubuntu 14, but I only gave xubuntu 30gb space and decided to make it my primary os now.

I shrinked my windows volume and managed to free up around 300gb space.Now I would like to use this space to make a /home folder in Xubuntu and move my data there.

What could be the best solution to solve this? I would like to keep my xubuntu installed packages and configs so I would not have to start over.

Is it possible to make this 300gb space to /home partition under Xubuntu without reinstalling?


Yes, it is possible without reinstalling (or even rebooting for that matter).

First, you will need to create an empty ext4 partition in the free space, then move your /home there, and then modify a file called /etc/fstab to tell the system about your new home.

For detailed instructions, please follow this guide.

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    Mind the "copy"; that needs to be "move". – Rinzwind Sep 9 '14 at 9:13
  • But if I have a similar situation like shown here in the first picture: askubuntu.com/questions/492804/…. Unallocated space is under /dev/sda for windows. Difference is that I do not want to actually merge the space to Xubuntu root partition but make a /home partition instead. – ommark1 Sep 9 '14 at 15:44
  • As I understand, you want your / and /home on different partitions, correct? Then you can follow the guide verbatim, without any issues. The two dirs are logically a part of the same tree but physically different. If you find it difficult to understand any particular step, or the reason behind it, feel free to ask. – Darshak Parikh Sep 10 '14 at 5:20

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