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Old 09-07-2009, 12:28 PM   #1
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Extra partition, cant extend volume

I have three partitions my local c which has vista, another one which has ubuntu, and then another which doesnt have anything. I want to add that space to my local c. I cant extend volume because the ubuntu one is in the way. I tried moving the order of the partitions but i don't think i cant cause they wont move. How would i merge these two when ubuntu is in the way???
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First be aware it can be done with gparted but you'll probably lose content doing so.
Assuming windows is on the first partition, ubuntu the second and the space you want to claim is on the third.
Boot gparted and you'll see your partition table.
Drag the edge of the Ubuntu partition table to the right as far as it will go, then drag the left edge to the right until it's the size you want.
Now drag the right edge of the windows partition to the right to wherever you want.
Apply the changes and be ready to reinstall everything with the partition table you wanted to begin with.
Distro's don't like being drug around, expanded or shrunk very much, especially Windows.
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I went to the gparted website and saw this "///WARNING/// Due to a hardware/firmware bug, it's _NOT_ recommended to run GParted live on some types of HP Pavilion machines. Otherwise your VGA card fan might be dead. For more info, please refer to this bug report."
I have an hp pavilion. How would i know if my laptop is safe from that?
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Use some HD/partition manager in Windows, like Easeus and format that free partition with NTFS file system. Then add it as a folder within C drive. Name new folder something like "Program Files 2".

Or you can extend partition, but then to increase partition size that space has to be available right after it because the shrink function operates at the end of the partition. In this case if it's not a problem for you, install Ubuntu on that free space ( make a logical partition ) and format current Ubuntu partition with NTFS ( also make it logical ). Then extend C. If you choose this option, first install Ubuntu on the free partition, then you can save/copy whatever you want from "old Ubuntu" to newly created partition.

AFAIK and I do now something about these things, those are the two best things that you can do.

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Old 09-07-2009, 08:19 PM   #5
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alright thanks alot, I think I'll go with the mounting it into the c drive. : )


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