Creating a new disk formatting scheme or altering an existing scheme

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Can Macintosh HD partition be resized while a BOOTCAMP partition resides on the same physical volume?

I have a HFS-partiion, a bootcamp partition and 100GB free unpartitioned space "in between". How can I resize my Mac partition to use it? All resizing controls seem to be disabled, here's the ...
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How do I format an encrypted Integral Secure Key?

I just bought an Integral Secure Key from the Apple store but am fed up with having to use its own software just to transfer files to it as it does not appear as a normal USB drive in Finder. How can ...
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What to do when my Time Machine drive is getting disk errors?

My Time Machine drive is getting disk errors. I used Disk Utility and ran "Repair Disk" on my Time Machine partition (NOT the drive) and I got the error "Incorrect number of directory hard links" ...
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How can I modify an existing FAT partition without losing its data?

I have a 1tb hard drive. Long a go I split it it into two partitions. One I left as a Mac OS extended (journaled) with 990GB and one as FAT with 10GB. Now I would like to add about 100GB to the FAT ...
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Formatting OSX partition

I have a Macbook Pro with 3 partitions: HFS (OSX) FAT (Ubuntu) NTFS (Windows 7) and I want to format only the OSX partition and do a clean install without touching the other operating system ...
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Boot Camp Assistant crashes when partitioning drive (exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS)

I run Mountain Lion, a fresh install, brand new Macbook Pro. HD: Samsung 840 Pro 512 GB SSD. When trying to go through Boot Camp Assistant / Setup it works fine until it wants to repartition my ...
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Time Machine and Storage

I have a 3TB external HD that works both Mac and PC for storage. I understand the "best" way to back up the Mac would be partition the external as explained here: Time Machine - can it share external ...
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Why should I observe a limit of sixteen partitions per disk with OS X?

I read things such as: Mac OS X may be unstable with more than sixteen partitions up to sixteen partitions on a external drive. Also I understand that in a sixteen-slice environment, the full ...
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Upgrading Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion and preserving Bootcamp partition

I have a 2010 MacPro running SL with a bootcamp partition (on the same bootdrive) containing a Windows 7 x64 installation which I use for work. I was about to upgrade the Mac to Mountain Lion but I'm ...
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How can I add an HFS+ partition to an MBR-partitioned external drive

I have a 1Tb external drive that currently has two partitions - 64 Gb NTFS 524 Gb ext2 The remaining 414Gb is unused and shows as "Free Space" on the Mac's Disk Utility. I'd like to take 250Gb ...
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Can't I resize my existing partition?

I tried installing Win 7 into my Mac so I can dual boot and use Win 7 but then again changed my mind about it but i have already partitioned a separate drive for windows. I deleted it and tried ...
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How to create third partition after Macintosh HD and Boot Camp partitions?

I have a mid 2009 MBP. I am going to install Boot Camp beside Snow Leopard. I would like to have a third partition, DATA, and format it FAT32, where I will keep my data files easily and safely ...
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Resize Boot Camp partition

I installed Windows 8 on my MacBook Pro using Boot Camp. Now I've figured out I should have made the Windows 8 partition bigger. Is this safe to attempt using Disk Utility? If not, how do I go about ...
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Couldn't Modify Partition Map using external disk

Seems the most common relationship to this error is using Windows on a separate partition. Here is my problem. I have a 1 TB external disk that was used half for Time Machine and half for general ...
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How to extend bootcamp partition?

When I was installing windows 7 on my mac I allocated 55GB to my bootcamp partition, I now realise that it is not enough for me. is there a way to extend it, without loosing any data and re-instaling ...
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Is it possible to install and boot Windows on a Thunderbolt drive?

I know the BIOS emulation of the EFI firmware in Macs does not support booting from FireWire or USB drives, and the EFI version of Windows doesn't seem to be compatible with Apple's EFI ...
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Are there any advantages to partitioning a SSD on a Mac?

I have a Macbook Air with 128GB SSD. It's used to be a best practice to put the OS on a separate partition from data. Does that make any sense? What are the advantages to partitioning an SSD?
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My New Internal HD is mounted as /Volumes/hdd

I replaced my optical disk with an SSD for startup and Mountain Lion and upgraded my HDD to a larger one. I also moved my home folder to the new disk. But one thing is still bugging me. My mid-2010 ...
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Can the contents of a partition be recovered after partition table is overwritten?

I ran a command to make my external hdd bootable knowing that it was risky considering the command itself did not allow me to specify a partition to which to write. (In hindsight, I would now call ...
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Boot Camp / Partitioning Weirdness

I have a MacBook Pro, running 10.8.2. I'd like to give Windows 8 a go, using Boot Camp. Now, I've probably done a b Boot Camp install of Windows close to 10 times, on multiple Macs, but I'm stumped ...
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How can I remove the Mac recovery partition from an external drive?

My early 2011 MBP came with a 500 GB HDD, which I recently changed out for a 128 GB SSD. The old internal drive now serves as a backup drive... however... I'd love to get rid of that Recovery HD ...
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Install 2 different OS X versions on the same machine/hdd

OK, here's my situation : I am a developer needing to debug under different OS X versions I currently own 2 macs : a MacBook Pro and an iMac the iMac has Snow Leopard (10.6) on it - it came ...
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Is this fun partition mess I have made fixable on the Mac OS X side?

On a MacBook Pro, a wrong decision long time ago still causing numerous problems. In a nut shell, I run bootcamp and OS X together on the same drive and the OS X stopped booting a while ago (I was ...
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Partition one disk with 2 different filesystems

Can I partition my portable 2.5 hard disk into 2 parts and then have one part as a Mac (ext journal) partition and the other as a NTFS filesystem?
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Dedicated SSD/HDD to install Windows on a MacBook

So I have a Late 2008 unibody MacBook. I recently bought a caddy to replace my optical drive with so I can fit a secondary drive in the laptop. I have a 256 SSD in the main and a brand new 128 SSD to ...
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Create new partition in unallocated space with diskutil

I have deleted the first partition on my external HD such that it now has 100GB of free space at the beginning of the partition. I'd like to reclaim that space, but Disk Utility doesn't let me create ...
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Multiboot usb stick with Mountain Lion, Windows 7, lInux, Freebsd

Looking for way how to carry always an USB stick (16GB) what allow me live rescue boot for different OSes. Is possible manage multiboot USB stick with 3 or 4 operating systems: Windows 7 Mountain ...
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Can’t reboot into OS X from Boot Camp

I made a partition with Boot Camp on my wife's Macbook Pro and installed Windows, however after being installed I can not find the Boot Camp control panel. I have looked in the control panel and the ...
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Lost Windows after repartitioning with Disk Utility

I've just re-partitioned my hard-drive using Disk Utility. I shrank my Mac OS X partition and created a new one with the available space. However, after rebooting, the option to start under Windows is ...
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How can I attach a disk to existing ZFS zpool mirror with Ubuntu and ZEVO?

Is it possible to attach a third hdd to a already created mirror consisting of two hdds with ZEVO? Ubuntu I run an Ubuntu Virtual Machine with native ZFS support. When I attach the third hdd it ...
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Presence of a Linux partition causes FileVault2 setup to fail

I'm currently dual booting Mountain Lion and Ubuntu 12.04 on a rMBP. Everything works fine, but enabling FileVault fails with the error message: "Some information was unavailable during an internal ...
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ReFit background image?

Is there a way I can set a background image in ReFit boot loader? I'd like to use my 1280X800 desktop wallpaper, is that possible?
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How to assign different ReFit icons for multiple Mac partitions?

I have 2 different OS X partitions on my Mac. I use ReFit to boot them. But since they're both the same OS, it shows the same icon for both of them, which isn't their disk icon that I can change. Is ...
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Can't ever remove partition?

Running Mountain Lion. I added a partition with Disk Utility and then had second thoughts about it. I'd like to remove the partition i created, MacSSD2 and hand over its space back to MacSSD. As you ...
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Mountain Lion Installer detects hard drive damage

I downloaded and ran the Mountain Lion Installer today for my mid-2007 iMac. After rebooting and preparing to install, I receive an error message that the hard disk was damaged and the installer could ...
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Mountain Lion, EFI and Intel SSD Toolbox

Here's the problem: I want to do a clean install of Mountain Lion on my (custom) Intel 520 SSD inside my iMac. The first time this SSD was setup, it was done by a certified Apple Retailer. This ...
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How to partition an SSD that fails with error 69888 - couldn't unmount disk?

I erased the SSD drive in my MacBook and was reinstalling Lion when it failed about 75% through the install. Now in Disk Utility, sometimes I see the SSD drive and sometimes I boot and it's not there ...
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How can I mount partition disk0s4 that became inaccessible after a clean installation of Mountain Lion?

The hard drive on my MacBook Pro has two partitions. One with the OS and the other with data. Yesterday, from a USB boot drive, I performed a clean installation of Mountain Lion to the OS drive. I ...
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HD accidentally reformatted to MBR, how to get back to GUID?

So in trying to create an MBR partition of my hard drive which I could then use to boot a solaris-derivative OS using rEFIt, I messed up. Rather than a hard drive with a primary GUID partition map ...
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Can I make my bootcamp partition bigger without formatting it?

Is it possible to increase the size of my Windows partition without having to wipe the entire thing?
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Why is the Mountain Lion Installer unable to complete due to recovery partition problems?

I just bought the Mountain Lion upgrade, but it's unable to complete. When I select my harddrive it says: Some features of OS X Mountain Lion are not supported for the disk “kollaps”. ...
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Add Home Folder Hard Drive to Favorites and Desktop

I just reinstalled my Mac, thinking I'd give OS X Mountain Lion a try. In my system, I have both a regular HDD with a partition Storage and a SSD. On the SSD, I've installed OS X, and now transfered ...
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Restore partition from merged partition

I accidently merged my BOOTCAMP and Mac OSX Partition via diskutil. Is there any way to recover my data from the Bootcamp partition?
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Repartition my existing hard disk

First time Mac user here. I'm quite aware with all the posts here about repartitioning hard disk but I'm quite confused if repartitioning would erase all my data on my hard disk. I recently bought ...
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How to fix broken EFI partition?

I have an iMac running OSX Lion. I also installed bootcamp and Windows 7. During the install of Windows 7 I wasn't paying complete attention and deleted and formatted the EFI partition. I didn't ...
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How to create a hidden partition on a hard drive?

I have created 3 partitions on a hard drive. I've tried renaming the partition with a dot in front, however it seems that the OS doesn't allow that. How to make one of the 3 partitions hidden to the ...
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“Partition failed with error: Couldn't unmount drive”

I am trying to create a new partition so I can install Windows through Boot Camp. I boot into recovery mode using my Recovery Assistant USB and no matter what I do, when I try to resize my drive and ...
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How to get Time Machine disk to backup itself?

How to get Time Machine disk to backup itself (ie, non-Backups.backupdb on the Time Machine disk)? Specifically: I moved my /Users folder to a separate parition, a parition that also houses Time ...
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How to keep /Volumes symbolic links from getting auto-deleted?

I moved my /Users directory to a separate disk/partition (to get it off my SSD boot disk) as per this post. However, some things (like double-clicks of .html files to be viewed in a an Opera browser) ...
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Using OS X Lion on a main SL mac - use USB key instead of partition?

I need some advice. I am new and non-techy so please could you help me on a simplified level. I am running Snow Leopard on my Mac which I am happy with. I will upgrade to Mountain Lion later but I ...