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I would like to extend the sda3 partition in openSUSE 11.1 running on VMware.

My df -h has the following output:

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2             7.5G  5.0G  2.2G  70% /
udev                 1001M  180K 1001M   1% /dev
/dev/sda3              11G  9.7G   50M 100% /home
.host:/               298G  247G   52G  83% /mnt/hgfs
/dev/sr0              134M  134M     0 100% /media/GParted-live

My fdisk -l output

Disk /dev/sda: 37.5 GB, 37580963840 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4568 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000b37e7

 Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1         262     2104483+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda2   *         263        1252     7952175   83  Linux
/dev/sda3            1253        2610    10908135   83  Linux
/dev/sda4            2611        4568    15727635   83  Linux

I already extended the drive in VMware and created an empty /dev/sda4 partition, now how can I extend /dev/sda3 to use the 15 additional GBs from the /dev/sda4 partition?

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What's the output of fdisk -l? It's a lot easier if the partition was at the end of the drive. –  Gilles Jan 7 '13 at 23:33
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Your new partition (/dev/sda4) is just after /dev/sda3, which should make things straightforward.

Booting from a gparted live-CD (which, from your /dev/sr0, seems that you already have) and then resizing /dev/sda3 should work, but back up your /home first (you might have hard drive corruption if you lose power, your virtual machine or host OS freezes/crashes, etc...).

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