[kwlug-disc] Safely append unused space to an ext3 partition
kb at 2bits.com
Tue Jul 20 23:01:47 EDT 2010
On the new server that I had, there are 12GB that are unassigned for some
Perhaps this is due to even number boundaries, or something.
The current state is like this (from parted)
Disk /dev/sda: 1000GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 32.3kB 988GB 988GB primary ext3 boot
2 988GB 1000GB 12.1GB extended
5 988GB 1000GB 12.1GB logical linux-swap
In fdisk, it is like so:
Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xsomething
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 120134 964976323+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 120135 121601 11783677+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 120135 121601 11783646 82 Linux swap / Solaris
I don't want to repartition the disk and spend several hours backing up and
restoring the file system (which is only 100GB, but still ...)
So the question is: is there a way to somehow append the 12GB that are
assigned to /dev/sda1, and end up with only 2 partitions (1 and 5)?
If this can be done at the partition level, would ext3 need to know about
extra space, or will it use it without issues?
Thanks in advance.
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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