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I made my entire hard drive a single partition leaving 8 gb as swap area..now I want to make 2 partitions from the large partition..don't know how..it shows a key symbol..and can't resize it either..how can I resize that and create more partitions?

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  • Key symbol means it is mounted. Unmount it before resizing. You cannot resize a partition that you are booted to, so this would have to be done from a LiveCD. – Terrance Oct 27 '16 at 16:45
  • Terrance is correct. You must do this when booted from the Ubuntu Live DVD. However, if you add a screenshot of gparted to your question, I can give you a better recommendation on how to proceed. Cheers, Al – heynnema Oct 27 '16 at 16:57
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what i under stand by your question is that you want to re-partition your root drive as it has acquired all your memory

1-first you have to shrink your root drive for doing that it needs to be unmounted

2-to un-mount drive boot fro live usb/cd of ubuntu and open gparted in it

3-you can see your drive structure there select sda/dev1/ as it should be your root and click on resize drag side wall to middle and click ok

4-you can see allocated space in gparted right click on it select new and partition format (I prefer ntfs )

5-press cntrl+enter to apply and restart you are done

  • -1 Very unclear; bad grammar/syntax; some other problems: For sda/dev1/, you have the order reversed. It should be /dev/sda1. Also regarding that, sda1 is not necessarily the root partition. You need to make that clear. – wjandrea Oct 28 '16 at 18:15
  • sorry for mistakes as i am new. Provided answer is according to what worked for me – Syed Furqan Nov 30 '16 at 10:24
  • In situations like that, it's more effective, and usually easier, to find a guide someone else has already created and put a link in the comments. If the question is the same, you can flag it as a duplicate. – wjandrea Dec 2 '16 at 16:10

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