Shrinking an ext3 partition

Discussion in 'General Linux HOWTOs' started by tomm, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. tomm

    tomm New Member


    By default, the secondary hard disk on our dedicated server is mounted as /backup but we don't need it to be 250GB since we have our backups at a remote location. We don't want to get rid of it completely either but rather re-partition /dev/sdb. I've tried googling "shrink ext3" but it seems like there's more than one way to do it so I thought I'd rather ask before potentially getting myself into trouble.

    Could someone please point me to a resource explaining the procedure to do it? What about hxxp://

    By the way, we were thinking of using /dev/sdb* for MySQL since it causes IO bottlenecks, and also probably to archive rarely used files.

    Thanks in advance!

    Edit: this is a question and thus doesn't belong in howtos, sorry

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