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What I am trying to do is to shrink /dev/sda4 in order to move the unallocated 9.73 GiB up, and use them to expand /dev/sda1.

However I cannot shrink it, I keep getting the error "Partitions cannot overlap" :( Any ideas?


Followed the instructions of jet. Partitions now look like this, and I cannot move /dev/sda4 down for some reason :/

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You need first to move down (toward beginning) sda5 and sda6 one by one in order to move unallocated space at the end and then shrink it

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doesnt seem to work... am I missing something? – Sejanus Mar 10 '11 at 19:05

You still need to expand and resize those partitions within /dev/sda4 to the right to move the space from the end (back) of the partition to the beginning (front).

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Umm isn't it what's shown in Screenshot #1? Sorry I really dont get it ;( – Sejanus Mar 10 '11 at 21:04
I was able to dig a little deeper today, don't know how feasible this is, but the simplest approach may be to backup files on /dev/sda4, wipe it out, expand /dev/sda1, and redo your other partitions that were inside /dev/sda4. – jmreicha Mar 12 '11 at 0:12

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