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Resizing Linux partitions, Part 1: Basics

Aug 16, 2010, 07:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roderick W. Smith)

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"If you follow common partitioning advice, chances are your disk uses several partitions. If you set the sizes incorrectly or if your needs change, you may find yourself needing to resize your partitions. To do so, you must familiarize yourself with the requirements for resizing partitions and the tools that can do the job. In many cases, resizing operations can proceed smoothly; however, numerous stumbling blocks can cause problems for the unwary, or even for those who take adequate precautions.

"This article first describes some of the underlying capabilities and limitations of resizing tools, as well as the preparatory steps you should take before you begin a resizing operation. It then covers the common GParted partition resizing tool (also known as Gnome Partition Editor).

"Note: For brevity, I use the term resize to refer to several operations, including increasing the size of a partition, reducing the size of a partition, and moving a partition. Sometimes one of these operations is possible but others aren't. Some of these operations are inherently riskier than others. When these differences are important, I note that fact."

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