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I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 and formatted the hard drive by creating swap, root and home partitions. Their total volume is 32 GB all together. So I logged on to the system, installed GParted and run it to partition the rest of the hard disks space. But what I see is that swap is on /dev/sda1 and the two other partitions (root and home) are located on /dev/sda2 . I am so afraid to create a new partition since GParted only offers the choice of creating a primary one only. Should I dare to create a new partition (with the conditions told) and format it? Where can I see a complete reference on partitioning disks?

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It looks like /deb/sda2 is an extended partition.

It can contain multiple logical partitions.

In your case you can increase size of /dev/sda2 and create some more logical partitions in it, or create a new primary partition.

You need to consider that you can have only one extended partition and no more than 4 primary partitions (including extended).

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  • Then , could I create a primary one without having the fear of losing my data? – Tower Jun 17 '15 at 15:12
  • When you create partitions there is no risk to lose data. But you need to know that this will be the last primary partition you can create. – Pilot6 Jun 17 '15 at 15:13
  • I found little more details here on : help.ubuntu.com/community/HowtoPartition – Tower Jul 6 '15 at 3:02

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