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I decided to reformat my computer and only keep vista and xp on the hard drive and put linux on a USB flash drive. This way I can take my "computer" anywhere I go!

To get the the point, when installing it I told it to make a 256MB partition for swap and 3.75gb for the rest (in ext3). However, after all was said and done, it only made a 3.011GB partition and left the rest of the drive unpartitioned.

The problem is that since 100% of the partition is used, I can't log in when I boot it up. Not through the console, not through gnome, not through anything.

I'd just go and unpartition the drive and reinstall everything to make it easy, but the installation took over 6 hours and I don't want to do it again.

Any suggestions? A program to resize ext3 from windows perhaps?
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Never use a distro on a flash drive that isn't meant for a flash drive!! You will give yourself hell. Even Xubuntu took 2-3 hours to install on a flash drive for me, and it didn't even end up working.

The only "regular distro" I've only ever got to work on a flash drive is Suse. It took about 3 hours to install and was painfully slow to use.

I'd look into Damn Small Linux (DSL) or Puppy Linux for flash drive usage. The interfaces aren't nearly as nice as mainstream distros, but they're a lot better to use on USB.
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Also there is Slax (based on Slackware). It is using KDE as it's DE and is about 200MB. You can get it on slax.org. And there is a dedicated USB version.
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The only "regular distro" I've only ever got to work on a flash drive is Suse. It took about 3 hours to install and was painfully slow to use.
I guess didn't mention it, but the distro I'm using IS Suse, lol! The whole thing is moreso for when I travel to visit my family on month long trips, I can't stand using their 10 year old computer thats bogged down with norton and a million other stupid programs that popup in your face like it was a fancy jack in the box. And they won't let me just reformat it. /sigh.

Anyway, its already installed, I just need to create more free space by expanding the partition to take up the rest of the drive. And I have no idea what utility to use to do that, all the ones I know of can only do that with FAT and NTFS.
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Also there is Slax (based on Slackware). It is using KDE as it's DE and is about 200MB. You can get it on slax.org. And there is a dedicated USB version.
I think I may resort to this. If I can't expand this partition somehow.
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Boot from a GParted LiveCD and change the partition size from there.
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Boot from a GParted LiveCD and change the partition size from there.
TY, what I was looking for! Id +rep ya but you don't got a button
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before resizing you have to convert the partition to ext2, as I remember
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before resizing you have to convert the partition to ext2, as I remember
Oh man. Well I'm about to try it right now, see how it goes.
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