I Installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS next to Windows 10. I decided to increase my Ubuntu partition because I don't have enough space for apps, So i went to Windows 10 and shrink my larger Partition and now I have 50 GB of unallocated space.. So my question is:

How can I safely expand my Ubuntu partion using this unallocated space? I also have a bootable pendrive with Ubuntu .iso "nieprzydzielone" means unallocated, sorry, gparted is in Polish, the Orange one is the partition I want to expand

  • Add a current-window-only screenshot of gparted /dev/sda to your original question, and I'll take a look for you. You'll need a Ubuntu Live DVD to manage the partition. If you don't already have one, burn one now. – heynnema Apr 8 '17 at 22:07
  • @heynnema look at my screenshot – Daniel Dutkowski Apr 9 '17 at 7:20

Make sure that you have a good backup of your important Ubuntu files, as this procedure can corrupt or loose data.

The use of an extended partition (sda3) makes this a little difficult. I'll outline the easiest way first, and we can add more to the procedure if we have to.

Keep these things in mind:

  • a move is done by pointing the mouse pointer at the center of a partition and dragging it left/right with the hand cursor

  • a resize is done by dragging the left/right side of a partition to the left/right with the directional arrow cursor

  • if any partition can't be moved/resized graphically, you may have to manually enter the specific required numeric data (don't do this unless I instruct you to)

  • you begin any move/resize by right-clicking on the partition in the lower part of the main window, and selecting the desired action from the popup menu, then finishing that action in the new move/resize window

Do the following...

Note: if the procedure doesn't work exactly as I outline, STOP immediately and DO NOT continue.

  • boot the a Ubuntu Live DVD/USB
  • start gparted or run the following command to open gparted:

    sudo -i gparted &

Step #1

  • right-click on sda5 and select swapoff
  • right-click on sda3 and select resize
  • resize the left side of sda3 all the way to the left
    • it may be difficult to grab the left side of sda3, if so, STOP here
  • you'll see that the unallocated space is now used by sda3
  • close the move/resize window
  • click the Apply icon

Step #2

  • right-click on sda5 and select swapoff (already done in Step #1)
  • right-click on sda5 and select move
  • note (write down) the numeric partition size before the move
  • move sda5 all the way to the left (inside of sda3)
    • be carefull not to resize sda5. If you do, cancel and start Step #2 again
  • close the move/resize window
  • click the Apply icon

Step #3

  • right-click on sda6 and select resize
  • resize the left side of sda6 all the way to the left
  • close the move/resize window
  • click the Apply icon
  • this may take a while so be patient
  • right-click on sda5 and select swapon

Now quit gparted and reboot your computer, being sure to remove the USB flash pen at the appropriate time.

  • So I just have to resize sda3 and sda6 will expand itself? – Daniel Dutkowski Apr 9 '17 at 14:23
  • Wait until my answer is completed... – heynnema Apr 9 '17 at 14:30
  • @DanielDutkowski Now my answer is complete. – heynnema Apr 9 '17 at 14:41
  • I cannot pass first step because sda 3 is busy and I can't resize this (I'm using live USB at the moment) Should I swapoff Linux-swap first? – Daniel Dutkowski Apr 9 '17 at 14:44
  • Yes, swapoff sda5. I'll update my procedure. – heynnema Apr 9 '17 at 14:47

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