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I am trying to clean up my partitions and wondering the best way to do this without making my computer unbootable or having to resinstall Ubuntu.

Here's what my current partition setup looks like:

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I dual boot into Windows and would like to keep that partition active (/dev/nvme0n1p3). Otherwise I'd like to collapse all of the other partition, except for swap, into a single linux ext4 partition. Is there a way to convert and merge the large ntfs partition (Media) into the current ext4 / partition and recapture the unallocated space?

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  • The existing ext4 partition isn't large enough to hold all of the data from the media partition. What you'd do is backup your files from the media partition to an external ntfs disk, delete the media partition, move and resize the ext4 partition, and copy the files from the external disk back into the ext4 partition. Of course, you could just mount the media partition in Ubuntu and have access to the files there directly... and that way have access from both Windows and Ubuntu.
    – heynnema
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 2:19

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I'd recommend getting a separate drive. You really only need a 250GB for the NTFS partition to fit on. Then create an image of that partition on the new drive dd will work but it's slow. Maybe try:

Clonezilla Live: http://clonezilla.org/ The tutorial for Clonezilla can be found here. I've never used this tool though, so I can't speak to it. I found the info from How to make a disk image and restore from it later?

Once you have your backup, I'd recommend creating a your new partition, pro tip -- go with XFS, not ext4, for better performance, and then copy your current EXT4 partition data over, making sure to preserve permissions/ownership, and then extract or merge your old NTFS data over. If you created an image just mount it using mount -o loop ...iso /mnt/yourMountPoint

By the way XFS can be shrunk but it's a real pain, so just plan on expanding/extending it later if you need to.

Good luck!

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