Total filesystem Capacity

Asked by Rocco on 2009-03-31


my desktop has 2 HD, the first is for UBUNTU, 20G, the second is NTFS format 40G and it is mounted, so total filesystem capacity is 72G with 11G used and 61 ég available.

QUESTION: Will Ubuntu store data on both HD when I save files into directories, so my capacity is 72G even if my second HD is NTFS ?

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Hi Rocco,

Ubuntu will save files into your NTFS hard drive only if you do it by your self, all the system files/packages will be stored y the ubuntu root directory (in your case the 20G hard drive) in the corresponding directory.

Rocco (racicot-sylvain) said : #2

is there a way to increase the root capacity, ie partitionning on the ntfs or adding a 3rd hd in ext3 mode ?

Best Cruncher (ubuntu-wkresse) said : #4

Damn, lost my previous response. So I'll answer you in a brief version:
- Your Ubuntu partition already uses the whole disk, so you cannot increase the size of it.
- There is some magic way to clone your whole partition onto a new, separate disk (or a larger, empty partition), but it has the danger of data loss if not done correctly.
- You should be able to resize your NTFS partition with gparted, and create a new ext3 partition from the new space. I *think* gparted can do that.
- The best and easiest way is to move certain directories away from your Ubuntu partition onto another dedicated ext3 partition/disk to make space on your "root" disk. The first thing to move would be /home, where all your personal stuff is stored. What will remain is only the Ubuntu system, for which 20GB is plenty (I currently use 8GB, and I have installed a lot of junk...).
- If you think that is still not enough, you can move part of your system to another ext3 disk/partition/folder-on-another-partition, without disadvantages or interference. For example, my root partition is only 3GB in size, so I outsourced /usr (which is the biggest chunk) to another disk.
- With the command "sudo apt-get clean" you can free up some space. This can be quite considerable if you previously upgraded from another release (approx. 1.5GB per release)
- If you simply want to use the space on your NTFS for your personal data, the easiest way is to create a link to that disk (or folders on that disk) on your Desktop or in your Documents folder, or wherever you like. This way, you don't have to change anything on your system.

Let us know which option works best for you, and we can guide you through it.

Rocco (racicot-sylvain) said : #5

Thanks Cruncher, that solved my question.