I have free space on the disk but I can't add that space to the ubuntu partition, gparted doesn't let me resize the ubuntu partition at all.

I'm running the livecd 14.04 LTS, my ubuntu version is 15.04

gparted screen shot http://i.imgur.com/tKY8Q6P.png


sda1 and sda2 are the windows partition sda3 is my data partition

I want to shrink my data partition (sda3) by around 50gb and add that 50gb to my ubuntu partition (runnning low on space frequently)

I can't add that free space to the sda4

Current state: http://i.imgur.com/HsMWFpJ.png


The free spaces must be next to the partition you want to resize, and all the partitions must not be mounted, even the swap partition (select swapoff)

  • Which partition do you want resized? /dev/sda5 is the Ubuntu partition. Why resize it? May 1, 2015 at 14:38
  • I need more space to my ubuntu partition, I want to shrink my data partition (sda3) by around 50GB and add that 50GB to my Ubuntu partition
    – Gabriel
    May 1, 2015 at 14:40
  • Not really a strict duplicate as the problem was swap was mounted. None of the accepted answers addresses swap ;)
    – Panther
    May 1, 2015 at 16:06

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You have to do this in steps, not all at once, and you need to move any free space you want to add next to the partition(s) you want to add space to.

First, you need to turn swap off, you can do this from the gparted menu.

Next add the free space to the extended partition (sda4) -> apply changes.

Then you need to move the swap partition so the free space is adjacent to the ubuntu partition (sda5) -> apply changes

Then add the free space before the ubuntu partition -> apply changes

Then add the free space after the ubuntu partition -> apply changes.

  • Why cant he just queue the tasks and apply changes at one go.
    – Rumesh
    May 1, 2015 at 14:53
  • How can I move the free space next to the extended partition sda4? i.imgur.com/HsMWFpJ.png
    – Gabriel
    May 1, 2015 at 14:54
  • I am not entirely sure since I haven't really worked with the extended partition before but this answer seems like it should work, to add the small unallocated space(6gb) you will have to move the swap partition
    – Rumesh
    May 1, 2015 at 14:57
  • @RumeshSudhaharan - because gparted will not do all the changes in one step
    – Panther
    May 1, 2015 at 15:45
  • @Gabriel - You hvae two free spaces (unpartitioned). You have to be more specific where you have a problem , but gparted is all menu driver, copy, paste, move ... See gparted.org/…
    – Panther
    May 1, 2015 at 15:46

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