Increase an ext4 partition with Gparted

In this post, I explain how to resize and increase the size of an ext4 partition in a Linux Machine.

I need to increase the size of an ext4 partition in a Linux Virtual Machine (VirtualBox).

First I have assigned more disk space to this virtual machine. You can see how to make it in the post “How to resize a virtual machine’s disk in VirtualBox“.

I have stopped (shut down) the machine.

Then I have made a VM backup (copy or zip the VM files). If you are making this operation in a hardware system I recommend to create a whole disk or partition image backup. You have a lot of free software to do this: I usually use Clonezilla.

Then I have downloaded the GParted Live CD (ISO file).


Then I have added the ISO image to the optical unit in the virtual machine so I can start the VM with this live CD.


Start the VM and select the “Gparted Live (Default settings)” mode. I start the Live CD with the default settings.


I have:

  • one primary partition (/dev/sda1) with 19.14 GB. This is the partition that I want to increase.
  • One extended partition (/dev/sda2) with one linux-swap partition (/dev/sda5): 880 MB.
  • 20GB of unused space.

I have to put the 20GB of unused space right after the primary partition, so I can resize and increase the size of this partition.

I have to resize the extended partition.



I resize the partition from 880 MB to the maximum size: 21361 MB, using the drag bar.


Then I move the linux-swap partition to the end of the extended partition, using the drag bar.





Now I have to free the available space at the beginning of the extended partition using the drag tool.




Now I have the 20GB of unallocated space right after the primary partition, so I can resize and increase the size of this partition.




To finish, I have to “Apply” all the changes.




Now I have to extract the GParted ISO image from the virtual optical device and restart the virtual machine.


  1. This is well documented and was extremely helpful, at least in comparison to the solutions on StackOverflow and StackExchange […] Thank you!
    Minor suggestion: Perhaps explicitly state that the extraction at the end involves exiting from within the GParted LiveCD.

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