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Old 02-16-2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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Increase Partition Size

I have a copy of Suse 10.2 which was originally installed on a 20 gig hard drive. When installed, the partitions were as large as they could be. I've since imaged the drive to a larger 80 gig drive. The only problem is that I have around 60 gig that I can't use. From what I've read, I can't resize or move existing partitions. Even a copy of 'Parted Magic' did nothing for me. From my stronger Windows background, this sort of thing is usually easy. Is there anything I can do, short of reformatting the whole drive and reinstalling everything? Simple instructions please...I'm a Linux newbie.
Old 02-16-2009, 10:56 AM   #2
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How about using different points ?

instead of having:

/ - 60G


/ - 60 G
/usr - 10G (new partition on drive)
/var - 10G (antoher new partition)

Then copy the current data to the new partitions, change fstab and reboot.

If it all works, wipe old data

Just a thought.
Old 02-16-2009, 10:56 AM   #3
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A Gparted live CD is what you need. It can create / delete / resize partitions and install a filesystem in it.

Read carefully the instructions before using it and never ever interrupt an operation in process, even if you feel it takes a long time -- which is usually the case for resizing partitions.

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Old 02-16-2009, 12:01 PM   #4
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I have resized partitions/moved them around with GParted before. It should do what you want, and it has a GUI.
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another option is to image the partitions, (partimage, clonezilla) repartition the drive, then write the images back to the new larger partitions.

Either way, back everything up before attempting to resize in place or image the drive.
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I tried Gparted and it did the trick! Thanks again!


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