Creating a new disk formatting scheme or altering an existing scheme

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How to clean up partitions after OS X is moved from HD to SSD

Yesterday an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician installed an SSD into my iMac medio 2011. The iMac was born with an 1TB HDD but now a Crucial M4 SSD is also installed inside the mac. I've moved my ...
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How to move boot and recovery partition from HDD to SSD

Today an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician has installed an SSD into my iMac medio 2011. The iMac was born with an 1TB HDD but now a Crucial M4 SSD is also installed inside the mac. I've moved my ...
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VMware Fusion virtual machine from a local partition

When you have a Windows partition on your system, VMware can see and boot a virtual machine from partition. However, with other OS X and Linux partition, there's no such option. Is there a way to ...
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Why can't I make the partition use the full 500 GB availiable?

I can't seem to make my Mac partition utilize the full 500 GB that I have available. It only uses 243.47 GB. It looks like my hard drive is somehow split into 2 sections: Any ideas on how I can ...
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Partition MacBook Pro with Mac OS X Lion using Disk Utility

I've just bought a new MacBook Pro with Mac OS X Lion. The problem started when I tried to divide the hard disk into more than 3 partitions, so I erased the existing partition and tried to divide the ...
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Multiple-partition hard drive on Airport Extreme

Is there a way to have multiple partitions on a hard drive plugged into an Airport Extreme? I have a 3TB hard drive, and would like a 2TB partition for storage, time machine backups (mac formatted), ...
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Boot into Mac from Windows after failed Bootcamp

Don't hate on me too much for this one... I put Win8 on my Mac Mini using Bootcamp, and all was well. I switched back and forth a couple times between the two with no problems. The problem started ...
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Disk Utility Error Message - Missing EFI + MediaKit

Previously setup was with 2 partitions, one for normal use while the other had the Lion Install ESD on it, used when I installed some time ago. The other day my machine suddenly shutdown and when I ...
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Why does Disk Utility create EFI partitions on external disks?

A technical told me about the EFI partition that... ...it's only there in case your computer will do an EFI update so the update files can be loaded onto the EFI partition. This is consistant with ...
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Can't resize shrunken boot partition to fill empty space

I needed to make room on my Windows 7 partition to install a new program, so I did some searching on how to resize a partition and it told me to shrink the OSX side and then expand the Windows one ...
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Backup Mac OS partition to NTFS: are there any drawbacks?

I need to backup Mac data into our NTFS storage partition. Are there any issues/drawbacks I should consider?
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How to find where files reside on a partition

I'm trying to use Bootcamp to install a Windows partition. But it gives this error message. I remember there was a program that let you see where all the files are on the partition and how much ...
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Can't read my Windows (Boot Camp) partition from OS X

I have a Boot Camp problem. Both OSes boot correctly, but when I'm in OS X, I can't access my Windows partition and vice versa. I know that I can't write, but it should be able to read. But I can't ...
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Triple boot (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu)

I currently have my MacBook Pro set up to dual boot OS X Lion and Windows 7. I am in the middle of a development project where I need to write some custom software that depends on proprietary drivers ...
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Is it possible to repartition hard drive from which Mac OS X boots?

I have the following problem. I wanted to have dual boot to Ubuntu, so I've created 3 additional partitions using BootCamp (I probably created freespace with Bootcamp and then used Ubuntu installer to ...
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How to create HFS partition on Windows 7 machine

I've got Windows 7 running on my computer and I would like to partition my D: volume, make it HFS+ but I cannot find any tool that will accomplish this. Anyone had done this before? Is it possible? I ...
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How do I merge System partition with another HFS+ partition without data loss?

My hard drive is split in three visible partitions: System, Data and Backup. I'd like to merge System (OS X Lion) and Data into one partition without data loss. Disk Utility won't let me resize the ...
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Can I move Applications to another partition?

My Startup disk partition is just 20 GB and I'm running out of space. What's the safe way to transfer Applications folder to the other partition? Can I just move all apps into a folder on the other ...
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How can I get an unreadable Flash Drive to work?

I got this pretty cool flash drive as a gift and I can't seem to use it. Every time I plug it in, a pop up comes up that says: The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer. I opened up ...
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How can I delete my Windows partition and add the space back to my OS X partition?

I use Bootcamp to install windows 7 on separate partition (200 GB for OSX & 50 GB for Windows) Now I decide to delete my windows and want my 50 GB partition back and stick to the 200 GB ...
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how do I turn free space into a useable partition?

I have read a few answers to this sort of question already, but don't know how to do it. I had some problems with my partitioning, it seems the operating system has been somehow installed on bootcamp, ...
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Restoring a Boot Camp image with Windows 7 and making it bootable?

I have an image of Boot Camp with Windows 7, which was created by Carbon Copy Cleaner. I didn't realize that the image wasn't bootable until I had already deleted the partition. I'd like to restore ...
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Partitioning secondary internal hard drive failure

Looks like my 2nd HDD became a brick. I tried to partition it via Disk Utilities/booted from recovery partition/diskutil to no luck! I got vague/strange errors such as: unable to unmount, or: ...
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Reinstalling Lion OS using recovery , will it erase my other partition(s) data?

I am about to re-install OS Lion on my MacBook Pro. But before that I want to make sure that my data in other partition created, will that be lost to? Example I have 3 partitions 1)Macintosh HD (OS ...
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Unable to create a partition to install Mac OS X

When I try to install Mac OS X there is no partition for me to choose. I tried to create a partition and got the error, "Partition failed with the error: Couldn't unmount disc." Anyone have a clue? ...
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Partition HD for triple boot (or move Apple_Boot Recovery HD from a primary partition)

I want to triple boot but I'm running into a problem I ran out of primary partitions. Currently using rEFIt bootloader chooser or whatever it is called, from what I understand it is not a bootloader ...
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Partitions in Mac

Recently I got a Mac mini with OS X 10.7 installed. Right now it has one 500GB hard disk. What I want to know is wheather we can partition the hard disk like on Windows. I would like to save my ...
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How long should Boot Camp formatting selecting drive take?

I'm trying to install Windows 7 using Boot Camp Assistant. Now the boot camp is on task "Formatting the selected drive" and it has been going on three hours and it is not even on the half way. How ...
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How can I partition my Macbook Pro's hard disk?

I'm about to install Linux on my new Macbook Pro. In order to do this, I need to resize my Mac OSX partition to allow some free space for Linux. I've booted into the Recovery HD and started "Disk ...
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Accessing encrypted FileVault 2 (?) partition from Snow Leopard

I'm trying to access an encrypted partition on an external hard drive. My dad formatted it in OS X Lion before sending me the drive. I am running Snow Leopard with no access to a Lion install... ...
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What are the use cases for case sensitive HFSX as opposed to default HFS+? [closed]

I just want to know when it does make sense to use HFSX instead of HFS+? HFS+ is the default partition type.
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How can I convert a NTFS drive to HFS+ without having to move the data?

How can I convert a NTFS drive to HFS+ without having to move the data? It is an external drive of 2TB and I don't want to spend too much time moving the data. This is required in order to be able ...
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Mac App Store and multiple OS partitions

I recently set up an additional Lion partition in addition to my existing partition for development reasons. I was in the process of installing apps on this new volume through the Mac App Store, when ...
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What kind of partition should I use for a shared network drive used mostly un Mac?

I have a 2TB external USB drive that I'm using to share things in my home network. Now the drive is connected to my Mac Mini, that is supposed to act like a file server. Currently the drive is ...
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.HFS+ Private Directory Data?

On my file exchange partition that both Mac and Ubuntu should have access to, I cannot manage to get access from Ubuntu. This partition was created with the Disk Utility in Lion. Unlike before, ...
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Disk Utility says: “Error: This disk doesn't contain an EFI system partition.”

After a clean install of Lion, followed by partitioning which again was followed by a installation of Ubuntu, I noticed some error messages of Disk Utitity. When verifying the volume I get told that ...
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how can I transfer empty space between partitions?

I would like to dual-boot OS X Lion and Snow Leopard, because I have a few programs that do not work on OS X Lion yet. That works, but now I have the problem that I have run out of disk space on my ...
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Is blessing the Ubuntu partition reversible in OS X?

I'm considering using Ubuntu as a main OS. So far, I've been using it in a dual boot setup with OS X. The dual boot worked by holding the ⌥ alt key upon boot (not rEFIt). Blessing the Ubuntu ...
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How do I split a Bootcamp Partition on a second drive?

I have a Mac Mini Server 2011, which has 2 Hard disks of 750GB each. I want to install Windows 7 on the second disk, but i want to split this disk on two partitions: One of 450 GB for Windows and one ...
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Disk utility can't add partitions

I have two partitions - one with Mac OS, and another with Windows 7 (created by Bootcamp). Now, I want to create two more partitions for Linux - LINUX and LINUXSWAP. I open Disk Utility and specify ...
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How to resolve error: “Couldn't modify partition map because file system verification failed”?

I upgraded to Lion and decided I no longer want 100 GB of my drive devoted to Boot Camp, I never boot into Windows, I just use it as a VM anyways. So I deleted the boot camp partition using disk ...
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What is the right way to maintain Time Machine backup history for a HDD with two partitions?

I have two user partitions (not counting any hidden/system ones like Lion Restore etc.) on my MacBook Pro's internal HDD: Volume_A (100 GB) and Volume_B (20 GB). My Time Capsule has been keeping ...
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merging free space into a partition that logically lies before the partition

On my MBP 2011, I had a dual-boot setup with Snow Leopard (that originally shipped with my laptop) and Lion Developer Preview GM that I had installed later, using Disk Utility to appropriate modify ...
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Can Mac OS lion and Win 7 (Vmware Fusion) Access Fat32 Partition?

Is it possible that I can make partitions on Mac other than the one holding OSX as FAT32. I want to access it via Mac and also when I run Win7 on Vmware Fusion. I can then add that FAT32 partition as ...
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MacBook Air dual boot Lion+10.6

Can a 2010 MacBook Air internal SSD be configured for the dual-boot of both Lion/10.7.x and Snow Leopard/10.6.x? If so, how much extra storage space is required for 2 boot partitions vs. one? Other ...
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How do I move Mac and Windows partitions to single Hard Drive?

I have this scenario: 600 GB Hard Drive, using Master Boot Record 300 GB Windows 7 x64 Parition, NTFS 300 GB free Space 1 TB Hard Drive, Guid Parition Table 730 GB Data Partition, exFat Two More ...
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Can you make OSX mount just certain partitions when you connect an external HDD?

I have an external HDD with 4 partitions. My question is the following: is there a way of telling the OS to mount just two of them (One FAT and one HFS+) when I connect the HDD? It is rather annoying ...
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Deleting a partition in Disk Utility fails. (Error: -69879)

This is the output in Disk Utility: Disk Utility cannot modify this disk because it contains CoreStorage physical volumes. Use command line distil instead. The selected partition won't be ...
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Why won't disk utility let me remove a partition from my external hard drive?

I have an external 1.5 TB hard drive split evenly with a partition for backup and a partition that was used for Time Machine on my previous computer (OS X Lion). Now I'm using this hard drive with a ...
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What is the 'Mac OS X Base System' disk image on my 2011 MacBook AIr?

On my 2011 MacBook Air with Mac OS X Lion, and I boot into Recovery mode via holding the command-R key during startup, if I go into Terminal and do a diskutil list, I get a list of 12(!) logical ...