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Using Disk Utility to create partition in Ubuntu

I am trying to use Disk Utility GUI to create partition, but I do not see the button that should say create partition.
I could not take the screenshot of whole window, but I scrolled right and left and could not see where to create partition

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peeaCommented:
Simply right click on the drive space, any options available?
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I did…it does not do anything
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peeaCommented:
It seems the 11GB drive has been fully used in EXT4. If it is the only partition and you boot from the partition, you cannot create new partition and even cannot remove the only partition.

You need to boot from another drive, say CD/DVD for example, to modify the partition settings of current active partition.
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TobiasHolmCommented:
Create a bootable USB stick with GParted:

http://gparted.org/liveusb.php
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skullnobrainsCommented:
you cannot create a partition in a disk that already contains a partition that fills it up.

if it is your system partition, ubuntu will not let you shrink or destroy that partition either.

in that case, like mentioned above, using a bootable media is an idea. you can boot from whatever install media you used in order to install your ubuntu, and either use the builtin tool or the better gparted ( type "apt-get install gparted" and then run "sudo gparted" ). this will allow to shrink the existing partition and create a new one.

given the fact this is a virtual machine, you can also make the disk bigger in vmware and reboot. the filesystem and existing partition size will not change so you'll have free space after the existing partition. you can also attach another disk.
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gheistCommented:
Actually you can rescan scsi in vmware and get the new size. If you have LVM you can even expand / to new space...
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skullnobrainsCommented:
to detect changes in disk sizes online :

blockdev --rereadpt <device file>

to detect new disks online :

echo "- - -" > /sys/class/scsi_host/*/scan

both the above will work with SATA and SCSI drives, and i guess for SAS drives as well. no idea about IDE drives. better not to use them anyway in virtual machines. these commands need to be run in the guest machine as root.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I guess I cannot resize the boot partition, I do not see the option:

gparted
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TobiasHolmCommented:
Did you boot on the USB-stick (or ISO)? You can't resize the partition you're booting from.
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skullnobrainsCommented:
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quote from myself

if it is your system partition, ubuntu will not let you shrink or destroy that partition either.

given the fact the mountpoint is "/" it most definitely is the partition where your system is installed and it is hence mounted

you can boot from whatever install media you used in order to install your ubuntu, and either use the builtin tool or the better gparted ( type "apt-get install gparted" and then run "sudo gparted" ). this will allow to shrink the existing partition and create a new one.

a knoppix live cd, a partition magic live cd or whatever other live cd will be able to do the trick
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you Guys!
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