Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Ubuntu
User Name
Ubuntu This forum is for the discussion of Ubuntu Linux.


  Search this Thread
Old 09-21-2008, 01:26 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2008
Posts: 10

Rep: Reputation: 0
Partition question in Ubuntu

I downloaded Ubuntu 8.04 and decided to have a dual boot system with Windows and Ubuntu. When I had the system partition the 40 gb drive during install I only gave Windows 10gb thinking that would be plenty however there is only 700 mb of room left for Windows functions in that partition. When I try and go back into Gparted to resize the Windows partition it will only let me shrink it further, it will not let me increase its size even after making room by re-sizing the other partitions on the drive.

I just want to add another 5gb or so for Windows and will still have lots of room for Ubuntu. I am best suited at this time for the very easy options of a GUI based system and would like to find out how I can make this work.

Thanks for any help,

Old 09-21-2008, 02:05 AM   #2
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Brighton, Michigan, USA
Distribution: Lots of distros in the past, now Linux Mint
Posts: 748

Rep: Reputation: 31
This isn't really a good answer, perhaps someone can add to it, but when you resized your Linux partition, did you also move it "right"? Windows will want it's partition to be all one piece, and your shrunken Linux partition might just be smaller, but still standing in the way of the first partition.

There are ways to do this, I think most graphical repartitioners (not sure about gparted) can do this, but it's fairly time-consuming, especially if you have a lot of information on a drive. If it's a new install, sometimes it's faster just reinstalling a distribution, rather than trying to cut/paste all the information (depends on the size of the drive, how much time you can set the system to the side for the process, and how much time you've put into customizing it to your tastes). Last time I did it, an "everything" install took ~1/2 hour, whereas moving a relatively empty 120G partition took nearly 2 hours, but perhaps I did something wrong.

I'm sorry I can't help more, but I haven't had a dual boot in years, the only time I use this is with friend's computers, and rarely at that. But the general idea is to slide the linux partition to the right, leaving the extra space in the middle for windows.

hope it helps a little.
Old 09-21-2008, 02:10 AM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: May 2008
Location: planet earth
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 1,732

Rep: Reputation: 50
You can remove th Ubuntu partition and then you can increase the size of the WinDuhs partition.

If you have an option (when resizing the Linux partition) to move data to the end rather than to the beginning, do that. Otherwise, the usual operation is to move data to lower number sectors and leave the free part at the end. When extending a partition, the usual operation is also to add to the end rather than move the beginning, so if WinDuhs has the second partition, things can get difficult.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ubuntu 7.10 Dual Boot with XP, ubuntu partition deleted, grub 1.5 error 22 narchy Linux - Newbie 11 02-07-2011 04:54 AM
Partition Question for Installing Ubuntu 7.10 logitechcam Ubuntu 1 02-18-2008 10:58 AM
Installed FC5> Wrote over Ubuntu MBR: How do i add Ubuntu Partition to Grub Loader Free_beer Ubuntu 4 10-02-2006 07:11 PM
Partition for Ubuntu way2fast106 Linux - Hardware 2 08-13-2006 07:25 PM
ubuntu on one partition DAChristen29 Ubuntu 4 06-25-2005 06:09 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Ubuntu

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:33 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration