You may be catching zzz's by now, if not, do the following when you are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
can't I resize the partition from gparted?
Yes, you can, we will cover that in "Remedy" below. Let's first look at what went pear-shaped.
When you get a chance, take a look at the video again. Make it fullscreen, this is done by going to the bottom right-hand corner (doesn't matter that the video is running), where it says YouTube, there is an icon shaped like a 4-way intersection. Click it and it will go fullscreen. When you are finished with the vid, click the 4-way again and it will resume the size.
At around the 8:55 mark, 8 minutes 55 secs, we have achieved the following:
- unmounted /dev/sda3 and /dev/sda2
- deleted /dev/sda3 and /dev/sda2, and
- are about to move the remaining /dev/sda1, our Timeshift partition, up to the "top" of the drive /dev/sda
that the video refers to /dev/sdc, because that is what it was when I compiled the video, now that is /dev/sda
I don't say anything
in the video about us/you actually shrinking
the partition itself, containing Timeshift, we were always
going to leave that as it was/is/will be again, at about 292 GiB.
I didn't consciously give that space value.
Doesn't matter, history, spilt milk, water under the bridge. What likely occurred (as you watch the video) - is that ... there are 3 fields with figures in there. We want 0 (zero) at the top, ultimately 1 (MB), we want all unallocated space on the drive at the bottom, and in the middle we want our partition for Timeshift with about 70 - 80 GB used
of about 292 GiB/GB allocated/size
With the 2nd field and the 3rd field, we had the 2nd field highlighted in green while I was talking about it. I then clicked at the end of the number (300002) and the highlight disappears, I am saying "So that's all good" and then press the button to execute.
Your mistake is likely here. You may have pressed Tab again to go to the next field, or a number of other possibilities. Again, doesn't matter, now, but what it did was to change that middle figure from 300002 to approximately 79636
, which is 77.77 GiB, the space currently consumed by your Timeshift snapshots. Then
, pressed resize/move
From that point on, GParted was committed to trying to reduce your Timeshift snapshots' partition to just the size of the space taken up by them, with no extra space left.
It had heartburn, and took 3.5 hours to do it.
Should have taken maybe 15 - 30 minutes.
For the last time - does not matter, no catastrophe (in Australia, we say "No dramas Mate" or "No worries, Mate"), just so you know what went wrong, because that can be as important as what we hope will go right
I just have to nick over to my Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon to check the following instructions, will start "Remedy" next Post.