Partition and unused space

Hi there, was looking for a bit of help. Complete Noob to all this so please feel free to treat me as a bit of an idiot.

Have an older laptop that had Windows running on it and has now had opensuse installed and the windows removed.

The issue that i have is that the majority of the hard drive was listed as unused. Therefore my Document storage space is very small (1.3gb). There is 38GB that seems to be doing nothing. If i try to resive /home etc. it does not give me the opportunity to resive any bigger then they are currently.

My question is quite simply how do i increase the storage that i have available.

Things currently look like this
sda1 38.78gb…Linux native Ext4…/tmp
sda2 7.81gb…Extended
sda5 658.8mb…Linux Swap
sda6 658.8mb…Linux Swap…swap
sda7 5.00Gb…Linux native Ext4…/
sda8 1.52gb…Linux native Ext4…/home

Any help would be very gratefully received.

First point. PLEASE in future do NOT start new threads with a Title “Noob Question”. I hate that. >:(

IF I were not a moderator I would NEVER look at such a title. Titles are intended to focus the attention of experts in an area and make things easy for everyone.

A “Noob Question” could be a zillion things and grates many of our membership.

So in future, PLEASE do not use such a title. It is to YOUR BENEFIT to use a better title. :slight_smile:

Anyway, my grumpiness aside, **WELCOME **to openSUSE and WELCOME to our forum. :slight_smile:

There is no need to assign 38.7 gb to /tmp. Exactly what do you have in there?

Why not create a new directory /home/paulski/data and then mount sda1 on that directory ?

And adding to oldcput (which I support in all the above, especialy about the Title of threads).

In your case you would be comfortable with but three (3) partitions (you do not even need Extended in that case)

  1. Swap (depends on your memory size, which you do not tell);
  2. / (20 Gb is enough);
  3. /home (the rest).

Now for one reason or the other you decided for this at install and it is a bit difficult to achieve the above without a reinstall. So next best is go for something as oldcpu’s advises. But How did you get this strange layout in the first place, remembering that you started from scratch (not even a windows partitions that must be saved)?

And welcome. As soon as you get used o some of our strange habits, I hope you will feel at home here.

Another of those strange habits: please put computer output between CODE tags (which can be done easily by selcting the text and clicking the # button above). It makes computer output much better readadble. And then put real computer output between it and not the malformed things you gave. E.g. when I wannted to give info about my partitions, I would post:

boven:~ # fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x1549f232

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1         262     2104483+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda2             263        2873    20972857+  83  Linux
/dev/sda3            2874       15000    97410127+  83  Linux
/dev/sda4   *       15001       38913   192081172+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5           15001       17611    20972826   83  Linux
boven:~ #

which shows:
. the command I used;
. that I was root doing this;
. the full output.

First of thankyou oldcpu and hcw.

Opensuse was not installed by me so thought it would be easiest to follow your advice and reinstall it.

This appears to have sorted all of the issues, so thankyou for the help.

As for the thread title I would edit it but it appears this forum does not have that function (unless I’m missing it somewhere).

If one of the moderators wishes to retitle or delete as appropriate thats fine.

Very nice you have a neat installation now.

I changed the Title, hope you like it :slight_smile: