Ubuntu Truncating Disk Partitions

Ben2K ben2k_xsxl at trashmail.net
Tue May 27 05:48:36 UTC 2008

On Sun May 25 13:17:26 BST 2008, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> On Sat, May 25, 2008 at 05:59:51PM -0700, Ben2K wrote:
> > I recently swapped out my laptop harddrive for a larger 160GB model. I
> > created the partitions I wanted, significantly expanding /home and
> > /usr/local. Then I copied everything with Clonezilla. After some boot
> > difficulties, I got everything running.
> >
> > The problem is that the /home and /usr/local partitions (/dev/sda8 and
> > /dev/sda9) are sized at 40GB and 45GB. respectively. Both are ext3. This
> > info is correctly reported by fdisk, gparted, and even Nautilus. But
when I
> > do a df, or try to use the space, df reports that both partitions have
> > truncated to 9.9GB!
> >
> >          /dev/sda8             10365264   8994932    843804  92% /home
> >          /dev/sda9             10365264   9082556    756180  93%
> Partition size and filesystem size don't necessarily have to be the
> same.  I suspect that Clonezilla copied your existing filesystems
> bit-by-bit from your old disk, and didn't resize them to match newer and
> larger partition sizes.
> > BTW, I'm running kernel 2.6.24-16-generic and Ubuntu 8.04, Hardy.
> >
> > How do I fix this, and get access to the missing space?
> I would suggest that you make a backup (just in case), and then resize
> the partitions with the resize2fs tool.  According to the manual page,
> it can expand the size of a mounted ext3 filesystem, so this should be
> sufficient:
>   sudo resize2fs /dev/sda8
>   sudo resize2fs /dev/sda9
> Hope that helps,
> Marius Gedminas

Many thanks! That seemed to be exactly what I needed. Glad I listened to
Derek and didn't start over.

Clonezilla has a '-r' *resize* option that I deliberately suppressed, but I
now suspect that I misunderstood its purpose. Clonezilla's documentation
leaves a bit to be desired, but it is still a great utility.

Thanks again.
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