A partition is the name given to each of the divisions that are present on a single physical storage device. For example, to illustrate, if you have several partitions, it is as if you had several hard drives on a single physical hard drive and each would have its file system and operation different from the others.
You can use these partitions for various things. For example you can use them only to store important data with security measures, you could also make backup copies of your files and use them to install different operating systems.
In operating systems such as Linux it will allow you to structure the disk into partitions for all the different files that this system uses. And that’s not all, you can also resize these partitions on your hard drive, and even install an operating system on an external hard drive .
In this article we will show you how to resize hard drive partitions in Ubuntu from your console easily. This time we will use the Ubuntu 13.04 operating system to do all the procedures.
How to resize hard drive partitions?
Although having the Linux system offers you many advantages, the truth is that one of its disadvantages is that unlike Windows, it cannot resize partitions of a hard disk or of a system that you are using. This occurs because in order to do this type of procedure, it is necessary to unmount the volume and resize it . Additionally there are differences between disk partitions .
We say that it is a disadvantage of Linux, since to do this same procedure in Windows you just have to go to its native disk management tool and from there you can resize the volume even if you are using the same drive where the Microsoft operating system is hosted.
Unlike Linux, it will not be necessary to unmount the drive volume and you can do the procedure in just a few minutes.
If you are here it is because you will do this procedure using Linux, but being different from Windows it is necessary that you do it from a Live CD or Ubuntu Live USB. In this article we will show you how to do it from the Live USB of Ubuntu version 13.04 as we mentioned earlier.
The first step you must follow is to reboot your system and boot it with the Ubuntu 13.04 Live USB, this process can be programmed directly from the Bios by selecting the USB device. Once your system has booted with the Live USB, you must open the Yumi program.
Previously installed, and select the Linux distributions option from its main screen and then the option to try Ubuntu 13.04 but without installing it on the hard disk. Once the Ubuntu desktop can be seen on the screen, you must follow these new steps that we will give you below.
What are the steps to follow to resize partitions?
Once you have started your system from the Live Distro, you must go to Dash and type the following: gparted
Now you must click on the icon and a window that is the main one of gparted should automatically appear on the screen, this is the one that will allow you to manage your hard disk drives.
You must select the Linux partition that has the EXT format, you must place your cursor on it and with your mouse right click, and in the options that were displayed choose the Resize / Move option .
You will be able to see a new window unfold where you will have to modify the partition that you have selected but without damaging the Ubuntu 13.04 operating system that will be hosted there.
For you to be able to resize the Linux partition, you have to go directly into the configuration and write in the text box the amount of space you want on the partition or by moving the upper bar to the left or right until you get the desired size.
When you have finished this procedure and you have the desired size or dimension, you must click again on the Resize / Move option and the process will start .
It will take at least a couple of hours until it is ready. And that will be the whole procedure that you are going to carry out, you will already be able to count on your resized Linux partition . Although it may seem a bit complicated, the truth is that when you start the process you will see that it is not difficult at all.