I had a triple boot windows 7, Ubuntu 10.10 and Ubuntu 11.10. I deleted the partition that the 11.10 was in and now I have free space on my ext4 partition. I want to use that space which is located in my ext4 partition for my sda/5 mounted at / for my linux 10.10. But the problem is that the free space isn't next to sda/5, its next to sda/7 which is my grub boot memory. Is there a way to fix this I'm not sure if I can create a new partition for my home directory which would work I guess if that's possible. I worried because I don't want to mess anything up. Also should I use software like gparted to change partitions?

  • You deleted the partition and the next one is still called sda7? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Mar 5 '12 at 22:21
  • I deleted sda8. The first one is sda5 next to it is sda7 the grub boot loader then the free memory and then sda6 linux swap space. – Sean Mar 5 '12 at 22:32
  • Please provide the following: sudo fdisk -l (copy paste in your question or here in the comment) – Kaurin Mar 6 '12 at 17:33

The free space can found effectively as home directory, this can do it editing the fstab file, which found into /etc directory.

So you should open the fstab file (as superuser, of course) and add the follow line to end of file:

/dev/sdaX /home ext4 nodev,nosuid 0 2

Of course you have to rempace the X with the correct number of your future home partition.

Once this is done, just reboot your computer. :)

  • This is not a good answer because: 1. he first needs to create a partition on the new space and format it. 2. you did not include the part where he needs to BACKUP HIS OLD HOME DIR before doing what you stated. – Kaurin Mar 6 '12 at 17:34

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