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I intend to resize and add a new partition to my main drive, and for that purpose I have created a GParted-USB to resize my partition. However, this has proven to be more difficult than I thought, seeing as GParted claims that my internal drive is full.

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Any idea as to what's causing this, and eventually how to fix it? (Ignore the key, I shot this from Fedora.)

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Your drive is a LVM physical volume. Your free space is being managed by lvm. Look at vgdisplay to find free space in your volume group and lvcreate to create a new partition from that space. To grow a partition you will first lvextend the logical volume then (if ext2/3/4) resize2fs to size the filesystem to the new volume size.

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Thank you, some other sources are pointing in this correction as well, and it seems to be what I am looking for, thus, I will accept the answer, seeing as it is more than likely correct. However, could you link me to a guide that explains this in a beginner-friendly manner? Thank you. – Andrew Thompson Jan 1 '14 at 18:53
This is a decent guide, just ignore the arch specific stuff. wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/LVM – casey Jan 1 '14 at 20:46

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