When you activate Linux on a Chromebook, Chrome OS allocates fixed storage for Linux containers. There is no option to expand or reduce the size of the Linux container afterwards. But with the recent Chrome OS 84 update, Google has brought many changes; such as customizing the Linux terminal, allowing Linux applications to access your microphone and of course, giving Linux applications the opportunity to expand storage. Here’s how to change the size of your Linux storage drive on a Chromebook.
Expand Storage for Linux on your Chromebook
First make sure, that you are on the latest version of Chrome OS which is Chrome OS 84 or higher. Now open “Settings”> “Device” and select “Storage management”. Here you can check how much storage space is available on your device. For example, I only have 7GB of storage.
So you need to expand storage for Linux with available storage space, or your local data can be deleted automatically without providing information. If you want more space, delete files manually and check how much you can expand in storage management.
Now if you haven’t installed Linux on a Chromebook, you can set the disk size for Linux when installing it yourself.
Case 1: Extending Storage when installing Linux
To install, go to “Settings”> “Linux (Beta)” and click the “Turn on” button next to the Linux options. Now in the pop-up, click Next.
When finished, click Install and wait a few minutes for Linux to be installed on your Chromebook.
Case 2: Extending Storage from an existing Linux container
If you have already installed Linux, you can expand storage from “Settings” and click the “Linux” option under “Linux (Beta)”. Now click the “Change” button next to the Disk Size option.
Now you can expand the storage in the pop-up and click Re-size. Increasing more than the available space can delete your local files, reducing storage can delete Linux files or even delete some Linux applications completely.
When finished, the storage space for Linux changes instantly without loading time. If you somehow increase the storage space for Linux more than needed, you can open the File application to check for a warning message that says the file might be deleted. You can open settings and reduce disk space to return.
This Chrome OS update might be very focused on Linux, but still, Linux applications don’t have GPU acceleration which makes Linux applications more useful for applications such as video editing, etc. However Linux on the Chromebook is still in beta but hope Google brings the feature in the next update.