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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ resizing partitions

Posted by: gmoss89 Apr 4 2014, 05:48 PM


I've been running the same install of Fedora 13 on my 10-year old Dell for about 6 years now, without a hitch. I'm a pretty basic linux user, it's my work computer that I use for LaTeX and basic script writing.

I recently had to install some software and now my root partition only has 400 mb left, while my /home partition has over 100gb of free unused space. I really don't want to do a reinstall, and I want to just change the partition so root has access to some of that free hard drive space. Is this possible to do without losing any data? It is all backed up, but I'd rather not deal with it if at all avoidable.

I'm asking because I'm not sure a utility like gparted can be used to edit the / partition except from a bootable cd, and even then I'm unsure of whether it'll need to erase or format.

Thanks kindly,

Posted by: michaelk Apr 5 2014, 12:45 AM

Since 13 is obsolete you really should reinstall. The current version is a 20...

However, assuming that you have a default installation your partitions should be LVM so gparted is not the right tool but yes the safest method would be to boot a live CD.
You shouldn't lose data but it is a good thing to be prepared.

Post your /etc/fstab file.

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