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Guides, tutorials, reviews and news for System Administrators. Use GParted to increase disk size of a Linux native partition Posted by Jarrod on December 13, Leave a comment Go to comments In this post we will cover how to increase disk space for a VMware virtual machine that is using a Linux native partition rather than logical volume manager LVM.
Firstly we will increase the size of the virtual disk on the virtual machine at the hardware level and then once this is complete we will boot into a GParted live CD and perform the changes required to make use of the additional disk space so that the operating system is able to use it.
As there are a number of different ways to increase disk space I have also posted some different methods here: How to Increase the size of a Linux LVM by expanding the virtual machine disk — Partition was it worth it this article the virtual disk that is using LVM is expanded, whereas in this current article we are instead increasing the virtual disk and expanding the Linux native partition.
How to Increase the size of a Linux LVM by adding a new disk — In this article a new virtual disk is added to the virtual machine, a new partition is created, the volume group and logical volume are both expanded and then the filesystem is resized.
During the time that the GParted ISO is mounted you will be booted into this live CD rather than your normal operating system, basically meaning that during this process there will be down time from normal server operations. Be very careful when following this article as this process has the potential to cause a lot of damage to your data.
If you are working with virtual machines make sure you take a snapshot of your virtual machine beforehand, or otherwise have some other form of up to date backup before proceeding. Note that a snapshot must not be taken until after the virtual disk has been increased in the first step below, otherwise you will not be able to increase the disk until it has been removed.
It could also be worth cloning the virtual machine first and testing out this method on the clone. Throughout my examples I will be working with a VMware virtual machine running Debian 6, this was set up with a 20gb disk and we will be increasing it by 10gb for a total final size of 30gb.
Below is an image displaying disk information on the server before we begin. It is important to identify that you are actually using a Linux native partition — as this is what we are extending. For information on increasing a LVM please see the linked posts above.
Increasing the virtual hard disk First off we increase the allocated disk space on the virtual machine itself. This is done by right clicking the virtual machine in vSphere, selecting edit settings, and then selecting the hard disk. In the below image I have changed the previously set hard disk of 20gb to 30gb while the virtual machine is up and running.
Once complete click OK, this is all that needs to be done in VMware for this process. If you are not able to modify the size of the disk, the provisioned size setting is greyed out.
This can happen if the virtual machine has a snapshot in place, these will need to be removed prior to making the changes to the disk.
Alternatively you may need to shut down the virtual machine if it does not allow you to add or increase disks on the fly, if this is the case shut down and make the change, do not power the virtual machine back on at this stage as next we mount the GParted ISO.
Booting into the GParted Live CD Now that we have increased the hard disk space of the virtual machines, we need to boot into the GParted live CD to continue, you can download this here.
Make sure that connect at power on is ticked. I have also selected for the boot options to be presented on the next boot so that I can select to boot into the ISO easier. You can also adjust the time to delay the boot so that you have appropriate time to select that you want to boot from CD, in the below image this is set to 5 seconds, and force to boot into bios is enabled so that I can select to boot from CD on next boot.
Now we are ready to power on the virtual machine if your virtual machine was still on, shut down and power onI have done this using some older versions of GParted in the past and it is worth noting that over time the GUI has changed so the following images may look a little different for you.
I am using the current latest version of the live CD, version 0. Once the virtual machine has powered on and you have booted to the CD, you will be presented with the following menu, just press enter to boot into GParted Live Default Settings.
After some time you will then arrive at the following screen, for this I did not change anything and just accepted the defaults by pressing enter.
You will then be prompted to select a language, pressing enter defaults to English. Next we select the default option 0 by pressing enter as we will be working with the GUI. Once complete you will be presented with the GUI with GParted already open, if it is not already open you can select it from the Desktop icon.Partition Master Professional's interface is all it needs to be and the list of pending actions to the left is handy indeed.
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