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Also, if you want to recover 4% of the disk partition size on EXT3/EXT4 partitions, you can use tune2fs -m 1 /dev/sdXY This (it won't reformat or alter your data in any way) will reduce the space reserved for root from 5% to 1%. This space was reserved to ensure that the root user had always space to operate for the administration of the system. This 5% ...


Partitions and filesystems aren't the same thing. Filesystems generally reside on partitions but can be smaller than the partition in which they live. You might get more useful information if you try using "df -h" (which looks at filesystems) to check your free space rather than using fdisk.

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