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How to create a partition from Home drive ?

asked 2016-03-10 12:19:19 -0500

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updated 2016-03-17 23:23:18 -0500

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I have just installed Fedora23 into a Nice new Sata drive which I allowed the install to partition for me. Everything works great but now I want to create an extra Partition from the HOME partition, which is about 700 gb in size. GPart will not allow me to do this Can I do this from Terminal ? And if so, any suggestions, cautions would help please.

( And just incase anyone is goign ask Why ? I prefer to keep inportant info OUT of an Installed Folder system incase I need to reinstall. Much easier to know the Data is safe away from partitions that may be deleted upon a new install.)

All help gratefully received and thanks in advance

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Do the current partitions cover all the disk space? Normally it's not a problem to create new partitions with gparted. You might have to shrink an existing partition first in order to create a new one. You can also use gparted for that. I only would recommend to use the command line tools if you are experienced and really know what you are doing.

thomaswood gravatar imagethomaswood ( 2016-03-10 12:38:56 -0500 )edit

I would not recommend doing any resize operation while the system is mounted. You better boot a live system, then mount your Nice new Sata drive, and do the resizing and creation of a new partition. This is probably also the reason why gparted doesn't allow you to resize (/) while in use/mounted.

Why didn't you do that during install? It would have been a bit more convenient over all. It's even the default partitioning scheme if use the Automatic partitioning of anaconda aka Fedora Installer.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-03-10 13:32:04 -0500 )edit

Please update your question with the output of parted -l. There are many ways to manage storage on a linux system, we should know how your system does it before telling you how to work with it.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2016-03-11 08:08:14 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-03-16 00:30:10 -0500

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XFS doesn't support shrink at all, grow is done online. Btrfs supports only online resize, both shrink and grow. The Workstation (and spins) use ext4 by default which supports online grow, but only offline/unmounted shrink. So perhaps that's the problem Gparted is having? You might try rebooting the installer live media, and installing gparted there, and retrying. Gparted won't be able to unmount /home if it's your actively mounted home.

Another option with more features than Gparted for advanced LVM features, and Btrfs is blivet-gui. It's in the standard repo.

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YES..I suppose that all makes sense and I shall do this OFFLINE as suggested..thanks for your help ;-)

Orriginal gravatar imageOrriginal ( 2016-03-24 07:09:24 -0500 )edit

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