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How to increase disk size on Linux OS

When upgrading to a higher tariff, all parameters of the virtual server change automatically, including an increase in hard disk size. However, the operating system continues to work with the partition size that was specified during the initial installation.

Expanding the partition to the full new volume can be done in two ways. Either simply run the OS reinstallation through the control panel or perform a series of simple operations:

So, we observe a mismatch. Operations with the mounted root FS are impossible, so all actions will be carried out after booting from the RESCUE disk.

First, the server needs to be shut down by executing the command:


1. In the control panel, select the required VM and activate the recovery mode on the right in the functions:

How to Change Disk Partition in OS Linux
Recovery mode on the server

2. Then you need to agree to start and perform a reboot:

Recovery mode VM

3. After which, the virtual machine will reboot and report that it has entered recovery mode:

Virtual Machine in recovery mode

4. Go to the VNC console, where the following window will appear:

System Rescue on a virtual machine

5. At this stage, you need to press ENTER and wait for the loading. On the screenshot http://www.system-rescue-cd.org/:

System Rescue launched

6. We move to the main part.
lsblk - to show block devices. The section we need is /dev/vda2
e2fsck -f /dev/vda2 - to check the disk for errors before making changes.
resize2fs /dev/vda2 - to increase the FS size to the maximum possible.
poweroff - to turn off the server.

Options for increasing disk size

7. In our case, the system reports that an increase in size is not required. All free space
already belongs to the partition. Next, you need to reactivate recovery mode:

Recovery mode on the virtual server

8. And confirm the shutdown and reboot:

Turning off system rescue

9. After which, the virtual machine will reboot and start from the working image. We check the change in the disk partition:

Changing the disk partition size

All is well. The partition uses the entire available memory volume.

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