Plex: Not Enough Disk Space To Convert This Item

Mark Harwood
3 min readMar 22, 2022

Hi everyone!

Modern media solutions are super useful, allowing us to hold onto the media that we hold most dear to us. Whether this is home videos, TV shows or movies, Plex is the most widely used media management tool today.

With compatibility for a ton of media formats, plus apps for just about every device, there’s no wonder is a favourite for media lovers.

However, there’s one issue that occurs for me more than any others. It isn’t directly related to Plex, but Plex certainly showed me this issue first.

If you have ever installed Plex on the default installation of Ubuntu, you have probably encountered a very annoying problem. Obviously, this will only happen if your Plex media store becomes big enough.

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Some Terminology

Ubuntu — This is a popular open-source Linux distribution based on Debian. It is known for its user-friendly interface, stability, and widespread community support.

Plex — A media server and streaming platform that allows users to organize, catalogue, and stream their digital media content, including movies, TV shows, music, and photos.

GParted — A graphical partition editor for Linux-based systems. It enables users to manage disk partitions on their computers. With GParted, users can create, delete, resize, move, and copy partitions on their hard drives.

LVM — LVM, or Logical Volume Manager, is a storage management solution for Linux. It provides a layer of abstraction over physical storage devices, allowing for flexible management of storage space. With LVM, users can create logical volumes that span multiple physical disks and dynamically resize them as needed.

The Cause — Plex: Not Enough Disk Space To Convert This Item

This issue occurs since Ubuntu doesn’t use the entire disk space for the root (‘/’) partition.

This issue is really annoying and shouldn’t really happen with a base install of Ubuntu as it takes quite a bit of work to fix. Something that a new user might be scared away from.

I was really struggling with this issue for a good couple of weeks. When I searched for this issue

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Mark Harwood

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