I've installed lubuntu on my old laptop and not knowing anything about linux partitioning I ended up with one full drive partition.

I have already some large files in that partition and I would like to split it so I can save my files in one place and install another distro.

Is this possible? If so, how do I do it?


You can use a tool like GParted to resize your current partition so that it is smaller. After you resize and made some free space, you can create additional partitions in the free space. Make sure you make a backup before you commit to any partition changes.

Note: some distro installers also come with tools to resize partitions, so you may be able to do it as you install another distro.

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  • I tried this just now, but the resize option is greyed out. – Unrul3r Mar 9 '13 at 20:31
  • @NunoCastro have you done it from a live cd, to make sure the partition is not mounted or in use? – Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Mar 9 '13 at 20:36
  • Yeah, I booted from Live USB Linux Mint. – Unrul3r Mar 9 '13 at 20:39
  • @NunoCastro there is a GParted FAQ entry on this that might help. If your filesystem is supported and you're sure it's not mounted, I'm not sure what the issue is. – Asumu Takikawa Mar 9 '13 at 20:43
  • I think gparted is outdated (0.12) in Mint. Only 0.14 supports LVM. Trying to update it now. – Unrul3r Mar 9 '13 at 20:47

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