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    Default Supplementing/resizing root partition w/ unallocated space

    I installed 11.4 (64 bit) and all went amazingly smooth. I created three logical partitions (boot, swap and home in this order) and an extended partition with root and backup. Just prior to the installation, my external backup drive went belly up so I created a 40 gig partition to "fill in" the backup duties until I purchased a new one. I got it and set it up and then deleted the 40 gig backup partition thinking I would just add the now unallocated space to the root partition but alas it was not meant to be. I can't resize the root partition while it's mounted and I can't unmount it and have a working system. The 40 gigs of space is sitting right next to root (no having to jump or resize other partitions to combine the two). Is there a way to do this or did I just waste 40 gigs worth of real estate. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Zach

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    Hello ZCSuse and welcome to the openSUSE forums. You are correct that you can't resize a mounted partition. So, you need to create a boot disk with a utility that can. One such program is GParted. Here is a link where you can download an ISO image suitable to making a Linux Boot disk:

    GParted -- Live CD/USB/PXE/HD

    Now also consider that a partition will not resize if there is anything wrong with it or there is something wrong with the partition table. You can use the same disk to "Check" any partition which can fix many problems. Partition table issues are kind of bad and tends to show a blank disk that actually boots fine. But, we will hope you have no such problems and Good luck.

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    Thanks for the info and link. It got me to thinking and I had burned a "Live KDE 11.4" ISO a couple of days ago so I checked Yast in it and low and behold it had a working partitioning module so I was able to use it to resize the root partition. Who knew the CD could double as a "recovery" disk

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    Thanks for the info and link. It got me to thinking and I had burned a "Live KDE 11.4" ISO a couple of days ago so I checked Yast in it and low and behold it had a working partitioning module so I was able to use it to resize the root partition. Who knew the CD could double as a "recovery" disk
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    Knoppix Live CD/DVD is also a great recovery disk to have. Mounts almost every file system including dual boot windows partitions, has a partitioner, web access, backup utitilites, etc.
    Gparted Live CD also has PartImage for making partition backups onto multiple DVDs and USBs as necessary, Testdisk for partition recovery and manipulation, terminal screens, etc.
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    Knoppix Live CD/DVD is also a great recovery disk to have. Mounts almost every file system including dual boot windows partitions, has a partitioner, web access, backup utitilites, etc.
    Gparted Live CD also has PartImage for making partition backups onto multiple DVDs and USBs as necessary, Testdisk for partition recovery and manipulation, terminal screens, etc.
    tararpharazon, when you mention good products to try, why not include a link to the ISO as well? It is a little more effort, but very much appreciated.

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    @jdmcdaniel3 Guilty especially around my bewitching hour.


    Knoppix Live CD/DVD is also a great recovery disk to have. Mounts almost every file system including dual boot windows partitions, has a partitioner, web access, backup utitilites, etc. DVD 6.4.4 software.
    Gparted Live CD also has PartImage for making partition backups onto multiple DVDs and USBs as necessary, Testdisk for partition recovery and manipulation, terminal screens, etc.
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    @jdmcdaniel3 Guilty especially around my bewitching hour.


    Knoppix Live CD/DVD is also a great recovery disk to have. Mounts almost every file system including dual boot windows partitions, has a partitioner, web access, backup utitilites, etc. DVD 6.4.4 software.
    Gparted Live CD also has PartImage for making partition backups onto multiple DVDs and USBs as necessary, Testdisk for partition recovery and manipulation, terminal screens, etc.
    Very good tararpharazon. I book marked it all. I must look back at the "Test Disk" and see what that is about.

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    I recovered a Windows primary boot partition using TestDisk's "deeper scan". On both Gparted and Knoppix.
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    Default Re: Supplementing/resizing root partition w/ unallocated space

    On 2011-03-14 22:36, ZCSuse wrote:
    > Who knew the CD could double as a
    > "recovery" disk


    Another trick is have a second, small, linux install in the same computer.
    It can be a factory install, or whatever, and double as rescue system.

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