Resize Linux Partition

Archive from Pastebin. On my old Arch Linux laptop, I resized the partition twice, both to mess with the size of my Windows partition when I was dual booting at the time.

  • Boot into Arch installation medium.

  • Delete and remake the partition you want to replace, make sure the start header is where you want. (fdisk + mkfs.ext4)

  • Make two folders in /mnt corresponding to the new filesystem and the old one, then mount the partitions.

  • Delete the lost+found folder from the new filesystem, then copy EVERYTHING (cp -p -r -v) (p = permissions, r = recursive, v = verbose). Leave the old filesystem alone for a little.

  • Delete and regenerate fstab. Remember to turn on the swap partition and mount the EFI partition. (genfstab -U /mnt > /mnt/etc/fstab)

  • GRUB install not needed, just remake the config (grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg).

  • GRUB config now pointing to new partition, reboot and make sure it works.

  • Using fdisk, make the new filesystem the size desired (START MUST BE LEFT AS IS!). Delete any partitions not wanted (if swap or EFI is modified remember to regenerate fstab). SAY NO TO REMOVING SIGNATURE!!!

  • After being modified, run e2fsck -f /dev/sdX. Say no to anything if prompted.

  • resize2fs /dev/sdX.

  • To test it, mount the filesystem and chroot to make sure it works.