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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?

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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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