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Yes you can, but just don't rely on it (i.e. back up your data first!). The partitions should be adjacent, and for ease's sake you want to be expanding into a partition that comes AFTER the one you want to expand. Then just use parted on the device, delete both partitions (e.g. sdb1, sdb2), create a new one that spans the entire space, and use resize2fs ...


What you suggest shouldn't be done online, as it's error prone and possibly dangerous. You need to resize partitions to do that, you likely lose data when trying to mess with the partition your system's root filesystem is placed on. This is what that check is for. Use a livecd with gparted to resize your partitions, then setup an encrypted filesystem in the ...

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