It seems GParted is giving problems with FAT32 partitions. I am using the latest Gparted Live Disk from their site.

But whenever I try to resize my EFI system Partition which is formatted using Fat32, I get the error-:

"GNU Parted cannot resize this partition to this size. We're working on"

Now one of the solutions is to install dosfstools alongside Gparted but I don't know how that will be possible in my case since I am using a Live USB of GParted.

Any other tools on linux that can deal with fat32 correctlty. Gparted seems to be able to deal with NTFS correctly.

My current partition layout on my 1 TB HDD is as follows-:

EFI System Partition (100 MB FAT32) 
Unallocated (250 MB)
Windows Drive(199 GB NTFS)
Unallocated (~720 GB)

When I try to increase the size of my EFI partition my trying to merge it with the unallocated 250 MB I get the error that it is not possible.

  • What size are you trying to extend the partition to?
    – DopeGhoti
    May 17 '17 at 20:13
  • @DopeGhoti 350 MB
    – ng.newbie
    May 17 '17 at 20:14
  • It may be a dirty filesystem. Verify the integrity of the filesystem (e. g. with chkdsk if Windows is available, or dosfsck -vVr /dev/[device] [I prefer to check with native tools if I can] ).
    – DopeGhoti
    May 17 '17 at 20:18
  • Without seeing the current state of your disk partitions,it is impossible to tell exactly what the problem is. More than likely, however, the problem is that their is no unassigned or insufficient assigned space adjacent to the end of the FAT32 partition you wish to extend.
    – fpmurphy
    May 17 '17 at 23:16
  • @fpmurphy1 Dont worry there is enough space that I checked. I will be providing my current partition layout in the question please check it.
    – ng.newbie
    May 18 '17 at 5:14

It would appear that you have encountered the following issue in GParted/libparted:

Bug 649324 - failure to move / resize fat32 partitions less than 256 MB in size

A work-around is listed at the end of the bug report.


Yes, there are other partition tools available on Linux which can deal with FAT32 partitions. I know that gdisk and parted work perfectly well on GPT-partitioned disks that have an ESP partition.

  • 1
    Yes but they are not working well for Fat32 partitions on a GPT disk. Could you please tell me which tools are present for FAT32 partitions ?
    – ng.newbie
    May 19 '17 at 12:29

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