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asked 2015-03-05 14:05:45 -0500

dagr gravatar image

I have a rather small ssd, but in my view it's big enough for this machine. I have a server which can contain bigger data. The disk is 120 gigs and the system partition is 54 gigs. I thought 20 gigs should be enough and the rest merged with my home partition.

Is it possible to do this without loss of data? And is my allocation plan good?

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Your allocation plan is fantastic. If you don't plan on installing many many huge programs 15 GB should be sufficient too. How is your partition setup? Do you have an LVM on your harddisk?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-03-05 20:19:20 -0500 )edit

I dont't have at LVM on my harddisk, and I'm not going to install any big programs. My partition setup is as follows:

/dev/sda1 linux (bootable) 550 mb, /dev/sda2 linux swap 4,2 gig, /dev/sda3 system partition 54 gig, /dev/sda4 extended 62 gig, /dev/sda5 home partition 62 gig

I don't know what the extended partition is. When i sum up 54 g + 62g + 4,2 g it makes up the whole disk.

dagr gravatar imagedagr ( 2015-03-07 05:01:30 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-03-05 14:57:38 -0500

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While that could work, you need to consider what type of work you going to be doing, for instance if you add virtual machines which normally run on /var/lib/libvirt/images and normal machines or default are 8G you can eat up the 20 G really fast, you also need to consider that /va/ directory will also contain system updates or upgrade to next release if you use fedup.

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Thanx for the answer. It gives me something to think about.

dagr gravatar imagedagr ( 2015-03-06 01:01:39 -0500 )edit

Check this Q/A to get a feeling how much space others give to their / partition.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-03-07 22:23:28 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-03-07 22:20:10 -0500

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Regarding your question in the comment: In your case there is only sda5 (your home partition) within the extended partition. There could me more. Also, in your case you do not need and extended partition to host your home partition but it's fine.

You would have to frst resize sda3, then resize sda4, then resize sda5. BUT you can't do that on your running system. Use a live CD/USB and the Gnome disks tool for resizing.

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do I have the whole os on the stick and acess the disk trough gnome disk tool?

dagr gravatar imagedagr ( 2015-03-11 03:50:48 -0500 )edit

@dagr: Yes, you do!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-03-17 20:37:13 -0500 )edit

I have fixed this, but it shows like a new volume in nautilus. I have a plan for putting my music in this volume. How can I tell the folder Music to fetch the files in this new volume.

dagr gravatar imagedagr ( 2015-03-19 06:11:21 -0500 )edit

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