Basil Chupin blchupin at
Sun Mar 11 02:46:54 UTC 2012

On 11/03/12 11:06, Stephen wrote:
> On 10/03/2012 4:33 PM, Nils Kassube wrote:
>> Stephen wrote:
>>> Hello I'm using Ubuntu 10, 11. I originally set it up in a 40gb
>>> partition on a windows xp drive. I wanted to give more space to the
>>> ubuntu partition.
>>> I shrunk the windows partition by 30 gig, and tried to make the linux
>>> partition larger but it wouldn't let me because I couldn't unmount
>>> the partition.
>>> So I booted from a live disk and started gparted. All I could do was
>>> shrink the linux partition it wouldn't let me make it larger.
>> Can you post the output of the command
>> sudo fdisk -l
>> in a terminal? That might help us determine the reason for the problem.
>> One idea: Could it be that your Linux partition is a logical partition
>> within an extended partition? Then you should first expand the extended
>> partition and afterwards you should be able to expand the Linux
>> partiion.
>> Nils
> Thank you for your response.
> I tried again.
> Here is the read out from sudo -l
>    Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
> /dev/sda1   *          63   892377087   446188512+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
> /dev/sda2       892379134   976768064    42194465+   5  Extended
> /dev/sda5       973217763   976768064     1775151   82  Linux swap / 
> Solaris
> /dev/sda6       892379136   969025535    38323200   83  Linux
> /dev/sda7       969027584   973215743     2094080   82  Linux swap / 
> Solaris
> I tried again to enlarge the dev/sda2. Which seems to be a container 
> for all the linux partitions. It wouldn't give me the option to 
> re-size it. I tried again to enlarge the dev/sda6 which is EXT4 format.

You cannot expand an extended partition if it is taking up the rest of 
the HDD which hasn't been assigned to primary partition which in this 
case is the Windows installation.

Could you please provide the FULL output of fdisk -l - ie , whatever 
shows up immediately below this command (and which will show the size of 
the HDD etc etc).


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