Grow / Extend Linux root and home partition using GParted on live Ubuntu


Root partition failing file system check and repair

GParted 0.25.0 --enable-libparted-dmraid --enable-online-resize

Libparted 3.2
Grow /dev/sda8 from 18.63 GiB to 48.83 GiB  00:00:04    ( ERROR )

calibrate /dev/sda8  00:00:04    ( SUCCESS )

path: /dev/sda8 (partition)
start: 427542528
end: 466604031
size: 39061504 (18.63 GiB)
check file system on /dev/sda8 for errors and (if possible) fix them  00:00:00    ( ERROR )

e2fsck -f -y -v -C 0 /dev/sda8  00:00:00    ( ERROR )

Possibly non-existent device?
e2fsck 1.43.3 (04-Sep-2016)
e2fsck: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/sda8


System info:

Dual-boot - Linux Mint 18 + Windows 10

GParted Screenshot Link http://imgur.com/cv3N6mM

Steps I have followed:

  1. Allocated free space from windows' C drive
  2. Booted from Ubuntu live USB
  3. Launched GParted
  4. Turned swap off
  5. Moved my root partition ext4[/dev/sda8] to the left of unallocated space
  6. Right click on ext4[/dev/sda8] - Check and repair filesystem ext4[/dev/sda8]
  7. Check ext4[/dev/sda8] successful
  8. Resize/Move ext4[/dev/sda8] to 48.23 GB - Apply
  9. ERROR!

What I have found:

  1. Bad Superblock Problem?
  2. Logical Partition table problem?

Please Help!

1 Answer 1


Apparently I was able to resize the root "/" partition while my OS was running and "/" was mounted.

Root file system /dev/sda8 extended to 48.83 GB: https://i.sstatic.net/SoOQD.jpg

Contrary to what I read everywhere on GParted official docs and forums, it is possible. I have restarted my system and verified it using disk-usage-analyser & gnome-disk utility.

Anyone knows how was this was possible? I'm willing to share further details.

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