what´s taking up all this space on my hdd?

Owen Townend bowbowbow at optushome.com.au
Sat Nov 17 00:29:50 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-11-16 at 13:21 -0500, anthony baldwin wrote:
> Okay,
> I'm just a bundle of joy this week, eh...
> This is really, really weird.
> I'm running Dapper, right, and I decided to try feisty, so
> I stuck in the livecd and made a partition and installed feisty.
> I used about 140gb of my drive.  I figured I'd hang out with feisty and
> leave dapper as a backup, or something.
> I left my dapper install on about 45 gb.
> Then, I decided that I'd rather stick with dapper...
> So, I stuck the live cd back in, and deleted the feisty partition,
> resized my dapper partition to 140, made a new 45gb partition
> and installed feisty on that little partition, just for back up.
> Now, kdiskfree, the gnome disk thingy, and every other indicator
> is telling me that the dapper partition of c. 140gb has only 8gb
> of free space, even though it only identifies about 30gb
> of contents on the partition (most of which is my large collection
> of excellent Brazilian music...and tonso documents I've translated over 
> the past year).
> So...if I only have 30gb of stuff on a 140gb partition, why
> do I have only 8gb of free space on said partition?
> What´s taking up the other c. 102gb of space?
> Dryer elves storing my lost socks?
> This is freaking me out, man...
> you dudes rock
> thanks for all the help
> /tony
> -- 
> http://www.baldwinlinguas.com
> Translation & Interpreting

  Extending the disk partition does not automagically extend the
filesystem to fill the space. Have a look at resize2fs (ext2/3) or
resize_reiserfs (reiserfs) etc, depending on your filesystem type.
Usually the default is to extend it to fill the partition.

At the moment this is kinda what's happening:

[--------------------------------------------]  Disk size
[---------------------------] Partition size
[-----------]  Filesystem size
[--------] Used space
         ^--^ 8 GB free is here.


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