I'm trying to resize my ext4 partition where my ubuntu (elementary os) is installed on. I started a ubuntu live cd and opened gparted, see screenshot

There is no way to allocate the free space for sda4 or sda5. What's the reason? Extending sda3 is possible..

Thanks in advance!

//edit. sorry forget to mention that the unallocated partition was a windows install and I had a dualboot option.

  • Are you trying to add the unallocated partition's free space to existing non-adjacent sda4 partition? – Horizon Nov 22 '14 at 11:00
  • Yep :) That was my intention, didn't know this wasn't possible and had no visual feedback why it didn't work – kerosene Nov 22 '14 at 11:25

To be able to extend a partition, you need free space adjacent to it.

In your case you would have to move /dev/sda3. This can take a very long time.

Extend the extended partition (/dev/sda4) to include the free space.

Finally extend /dev/sda5.

  • Ah thanks, I didn't know it isn't possible when the partitions are non-adjacent (no hint or anything, of course I didn't read the manual). Now I get it. Would be easier for GUI-users (newbees) to make it possible to use unallocated space on non-adjacent partitions in one step on the frontend (and doing the three steps in the background) – kerosene Nov 22 '14 at 11:23

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