How to regrow the Ubuntu Linux disk size from 8 GB to 20 GB without losing the data ?

Hi All,

I wonder if this is possible to extend or regrow the Linux hard disk partition from 8 GB to 20 GB without losing the existing data on the partition ?

at the moment this Ubuntu Linux is deployed on top of VMware and I've just regrow the hard drive from 8 GB into 20 GB but can't see the effect immediately.

can anyone suggest how to do this without losing the data ?

Thanks,
JJ
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jjozAuthor Commented:
and I found some strange error message when i do the fdisk -l ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
that's quite normal, I wouldn't worry about it.

From this output the disk has been extended to 20GB.

But what you need to do is use Gparted

gparted.sourceforge.net/

to resize the partition /dev/sda1, but first you'll need to move

/dev/sda2
/dev/sda5

down the disk, to give you space to re-size /dev/sda1

have a look at this guide here

http://www.howtoforge.com/partitioning_with_gparted
jjozAuthor Commented:
hm.. so it is more complex than I'd thought before, because in Windows vista and above the tool is builtin and easy to use without losing much data.

let me try that.
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wdfdo1986Commented:
gparted wont let u loose any data.
and also it is available in the software centre.
jjozAuthor Commented:
thanks man, unfortunately this is a server linux so i can't see the nice GUI :-|
wdfdo1986Commented:
Ok I searched for ways that we can work on gparted in terminal
But it says it is a gui component
However cant u try it out with the live CD
Just an idea.
Since it is a server i know it won't be the best idea to restart the machine and boot with the live CD

And I feel like u are new to Experts Exchange.
I am totally ok with ur comment. But people here won't appreciate it. Try to use professional Language here much as possible. I am talking with my own experience.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Shut the server down, which may require scheduled downtime, and boot from LiveCD with Gparted, and follow the above guides.

No it's not easy. Storage sizes of disks should be planned ahead.
jjozAuthor Commented:
Thanks mate !
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