I want to add 7GB (unallocated) to the extended partition SDA3, but when I go to "resize/move" I can't add any more space; those 7GB are only available to add to the NTFS parition (SDA2), which is from where I steal them. See the picture, I'm using GPARTED on liveCD:

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Try this:

  • Move /dev/sda2 to the beginning of the unallocated space. optionally shrink /dev/sda2 at the same time.
  • then move /dev/sda3 to immediately after /dev/sda2
  • extend /dev/sda3 to take up the unallocated space
  • then move /dev/sda6 to the end of the extended partition (/dev/sda3)
  • and finally extend /dev/sda5.
  • Thanks for the answer, i dont understand what "move sda2 to the beginning of the unallocated space" means, is going to sda2-> resize/move and move the bar all to the left? Same with "move /dev/sda3 to immediately after /dev/sda2"
    – dvn245
    Commented Nov 17, 2015 at 0:06
  • the unallocated space is before /dev/sda2. what i said means move /dev/sda2 so that the unallocated space is after it. optionally shrink sda2 at the same time.
    – cas
    Commented Nov 17, 2015 at 0:08
  • the point of all this partition shuffling is so that you end up with the unallocated space immediately after /dev/sda5, so sda5 can be extended.
    – cas
    Commented Nov 17, 2015 at 0:10
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    How do you "move" a partition? Mine don't move Commented Feb 2, 2018 at 4:47
  • @JoePhillips do you have any empty, unallocated space on the disk that a partition could be moved to? can you shrink a partition to make some unallocated space? BTW, if you have a specific problem you're having trouble with then post a new question, don't ask in comments to an old & unrelated question.
    – cas
    Commented Feb 2, 2018 at 7:38

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