I have an old pc (Dual core, 2gb ram (No graphic card because now is damaged) I used Windows 10 just for Work (My creative cloud subscription) and thanks to the subreddit [/r/unixporn][1 I've installed Freya (my first time in linux) and now I love linux and that OS. but when I installed Elementary OS Freya I did not create the swap partition (I did not know almost nothing about linux and so install it) but now my pc stays stuck in certain times and according to I have read on websites the swap memory help the computers with low ram memory (2gb or less) the question is:

How I can create the swap memory without installing elementary os again?

I have 4gb free space for the swap memory.

The swap memory it can cause problem with the windows 10 installation?

Hope that you help me, Im newbie in linux

  • please add screenshot of your partition table (use gparted).Also what you mean "done" ? Solved your problem ? =)
    – Ravan
    Oct 20, 2015 at 1:49
  • @Ravan I follow the step in the tutorial of askubuntu and work fine but the 4gb of the swap was of my 30gb of the harddrive and not of the 4gb that I Created for that, now in gparted look like this: Pic of my gparted
    – Revod
    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:24
  • Please follow my answer..
    – Ravan
    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:27
  • @Ravan is it the only way? at this time I don't have the usb of my distro because I lend it to a friend
    – Revod
    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:29
  • follow my answer...and let me know..
    – Ravan
    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:30

1 Answer 1


This answer is after the discussion in chat

Here you have to do two things ,

1 . Deleting the /swapspace file created using AU question.
2 . Creating swap in unallocated space.

1 . Open terminal and run the commands:

sudo swapoff /swapspace
sudo rm /swapspace

2 . Install gparted,

sudo apt-get install gparted

Note Careful while selecting partition.

Open gparted and select unallocated space.

Right click on it , select new

Then select file system as linux-swap and logical partition(If not possible select primary partition)

Then , right click on partition and make swapon

Note Don't forget to apply changes

You can verify swap by the command

cat /proc/swaps

Next, add the following line to /etc/fstab to activate the new swap at boot:

/dev/sdb3 none swap defaults 0 0

(Replace /dev/sdb3 with your swap partition)

  • That is for created the swap partition right? I already have the swap partition then do the tutorial from askubuntu, now I want is those 4 gb I have unused assign them to my linux harddrive and get a little more of space
    – Revod
    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:34
  • @Revod does my answer created swap in un-allocated place?
    – Ravan
    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:38
  • @Revod I don't see swap in your gpated screenshot
    – Ravan
    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:39
  • here a pic of my system monitor, and in the therminal: sudo swapon -s imgur.com/a/YhiEc. But now I have 4gb free and I want to "combine" with my current primary disk to have a little more
    – Revod
    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:44
  • @Revod what is output of sudo fdisk -l please add to question.
    – Ravan
    Oct 20, 2015 at 3:53

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