Shrink / Resize Ubuntu Hard Disk with GParted


With Microsoft Windows 7, one can quickly resize the hard disk drive with just few clicks. Windows makes it so easy that almost anyone can do it. I wanted to do the same in Ubuntu but couldn’t find  a tool that will allow me to resize or shrink my hard drive like how Windows does it. So I had to settle on GParted, which basically lets you resize your drive, but from a Live CD.

There are many reasons why you would want to shrink or resize your hard drive. Some of these are: creating more partitions, installing a second operating system, and adding a new file-system.

And if you installed Ubuntu on the entire partition during the installation, you won’t be able to do all the things I mentioned above.  So, this brief tutorial will show you how to resize Ubuntu hard disk in order to do some of the things I mentioned above.

 

  

Objectives:

  • Download and burn GParted onto a blank CD/DVD
  • Resize Ubuntu drive
  • Enjoy!

 

To get started, click here to download GParted ISO image. Once downloaded, use Windows or Linux to burn it to a CD/DVD.

 

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Next, insert the CD/DVD into the computer you want to shrink the hard drive and boot from it.

 

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Then select ‘GParted Live (Default settings)’ and press Enter.

 

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Next, select option ( 0 )  to start X.

 

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At this point, you should see the drive you want to resize. To resize it, click ‘Resize/Move’ button.

 

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Next, use the slider to drag the line to the left to repartition the free space. The available free space is the area with the white background. Ubuntu is installed in the area with the yellow background.  When you’re done, click ‘Resize/Move’ button to apply the changes.

 

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Finally, review the changes and click ‘Apply’ to save.

 

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After resizing, reboot your machine and begin partitioning the unallocated free space using GParted. To install GParted in Ubuntu, run the commands below:

sudo apt-get install gparted

 

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That’s all! I hope you like it.


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