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Creating a new disk formatting scheme or altering an existing scheme

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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 ...
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Macbook Air + Lion + Windows 7 Boot Camp + shared partition

I would like to setup my Macbook Air's disk drive with 3 partitions - 50Gb for OSX Lion, 50Gb for Windows 7, and the remaining 150Gb for Data to share between both OSes (music, photos etc). What's ...
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Can't see logical Windows NTFS partition in OS X

I have already asked this question over here http://superuser.com/questions/323414/cant-see-logical-windows-ntfs-partition-in-os-x and I got one answer thats satisfying but risky to attempt such ...
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What is EFI in partition scheme?

Recently I changed my partition scheme from MBR to GPT, and during after conversion I saw a another partition named EFI ... I don't have a good idea what does it do or its purpose ... but I think it's ...
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Unable to increase Macintosh HD partition size with data in a subsequent partition

I can't make my main Macintosh HD partition bigger. It's limited by the FAT partition in the middle, which seems to be frozen, I can't move it down to make space for my main partition. To get some ...
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Remove 2nd partition, reclaim space

If I have a dual booting computer (os x 10.7 and Linux), and would like to remove the Linux partition and return it to one single large disk running os x, how is this done? Is there risk to messing up ...
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How can I resize my Lion partition to fill up the unused space on the drive?

My MacBook (Late 2007) has an 80GB hard drive. I used to have a 15GB Boot Camp partition, and deleted it at some point -- but I forgot to resize my Snow Leopard partition to fill the 15GB of free ...
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Can I repartition my primary hard drive without removing the Lion recovery partition?

Scenario: I boot into Recovery mode and open Disk Utility. Then I select the primary hard drive and choose 1 partition. Will that destroy the recovery partition as well?
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Do the new macbook pro models (2011) still have a 4 partition limit?

If I remember correctly, the older Macbook pro models (pre 2011) had a 4 partition limit: so, if you tried to install multiple operating systems, you had this limit. Do the new models (2011) still ...
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Does my Bootcamp partition, disappeared by Lion install, still exist?

I installed Lion on my macbook air, and noticed a couple of days later that my bootcamp partition was gone--rebooting with option key no longer showed the volume, and diskutil shows the following ...
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Restore MacBook AIr (mid 2011) partitions

I just messed up my partions on my harddisk. The situation: Installed windows 7 using bootcamp (NTFS). After that i wanted to ceate a shared partition, on wich both MAC OS and Windows can write. In ...
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Will renaming my Windows partition from BOOTCAMP break anything?

I've installed Windows 7 via BootCamp. I'd like to rename the partition from BOOTCAMP to something a little easier on the eyes. Will renaming my Windows partition from "BOOTCAMP" to "Windows" break ...
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How do I change the partition table for my hard drive?

I have an external hard drive with Master Boot Record partition table. I wish to change that to GUID so that I can modify the partition on the fly next time. How do I do that? Is it possible to do ...
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Unable to resize Lion partition

I decided to do a clean install of Lion on a new partition, then after copying my stuff removed the old one. I'm now stuck with 100~ GB of free space and a 20 GB partition that Disk Utility won't let ...
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How can I resize a partition with Disk Utility?

I have 2 partitions, I reduced the size of one and want to expand the other to fill the now available space. How do I expand the Lion Partition into the empty grey space beneath Macintosh HD ...
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How do I change a disk partition map scheme from MBR to GUID Partitions Table?

I just finished the huge download of Mac OS X Lion, started the installer, and now I have a problem. The installer says that I must have the GUID-Partitions Table Scheme. The problem is that when I ...
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Issues with Bootcamp trying to boot to a bootable device other than my HD

A week ago, I attempting to load Windows (with Boot Camp) on my Mac Pro. The Windows 7 install CD I used had missing files, and thus I deleted the partition I created to house windows, not wanting to ...
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Expanding OSX partition and deleting Windows paritition

I have created a Windows partition with Bootcamp. Now I would like to get rid of this partition and attach the available space back to the primary Mac OS partition. I have found various tutorials ...
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How do I partition my computer for Boot Camp?

I want to create a BootCamp partition on my 13" MBP with a 250 Gb hard drive. The DiskUtility shows the partition as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). . When trying to perform a partitioning with ...
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Is it possible to Move a bootcamp partition from one drive to another?

When I got a new MacPro last year I formatted one of the additional (i.e. non-boot) drives with Bootcamp and installed Win 7 x64 on it. This set up has been working well these last 12+ months but I ...
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Safe to Repair NTFS Drive/Partitions When Paragon Is Installed

Is is safe to repair NTFS drive/partitions with Paragon installed? I don't have access to windows anymore and can't format them
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Disk utility, shrink 1 partition, expand the other

I have two partitions on my external HDD, I shrinked 1 partition (Macintosh Lion) in order to expand the other (Macintosh HD), but I can't drag the lower right corner to expand of the 'Macintosh HD' ...
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Unhide Partitions via Terminal

Is there any way to unhide partitions that have been hidden by a third party partitioning tool on a Mac using nothing more than Terminal via a Mac OS X Boot CD or USB stick? Edit These partitions ...
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can't partition hard drive

I tried to make a partition on my macbook for windows. I was unable to do so, because, apparently, the hard-drive has been damaged. Since I do not have osx installation cd, I tried to recover using 1) ...
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Black screen when installing Boot Camp?

I recently did a complete wipe of my late 2009 MBP and restore using a Time Machine backup, so I would have uninterupted space at the end of the drive for creating a Boot Camp partition. The Boot Camp ...
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osx split external hard drive partition

I currently have a 640GB external HD that has 1 partition formatted as HSF+ Now I want to split some of the free space into a new FAT32 partition, without having to reformat the whole HD and losing ...
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How do I format a disk partition from the command line on OS X?

How do I format a disk partition from the command line on Mac OS X? In case someone wonders why: because for some people Disk Utility fails.
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How do I install Windows 7 without BootCamp and keep the OS X installation intact?

Because I already used BootCamp for creating the partition I used for installing Ubuntu, now I am not able to install Windows 7 by using BootCamp. Here is my disk partiton configuration: refit ...
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How do I resize OS X main partition when I already have other BootCamp partitions?

Short story: partition resizing using Disk Utility fails because MediaKit reports no such partition when I try to shrink it. I also tried the same while booting from the DVD, same result. Details: ...
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Why can't I resize my existing partition?

I just finished downloading my copy of Lion and wanted to install it on a new second partition. I freed up just over 50 GBs from my hard drive and am now stuck trying to shrink my existing partition. ...
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How to remove unfinished Boot Camp Partition?

When I tried to create a new partition using Boot Camp it suddenly crashed and my computer restarted. Apparently the partition was created because the 50GB I specified during creation are gone from my ...
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Is “ignore volume ownership” the default for non-system partitions?

I realise it is the default for external drives but not sure about other partitions on a users system drive. I don't have separate partitions on my machine so I can't look for myself ;-)
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Install Boot Camp gone bad — installed windows on a wrong drive

I tried to install Boot Camp to my iMac and I installed windows to the wrong drive. Instead of Boot Camp partition, I installed it to OS X :( So now I cannot repair the drive using disk utility ...
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My Windows 7 Boot Camp partition is missing. Why doesn't Parallels recognize it?

I installed Windows 7 on my (month-old) Macbook Pro using boot camp assistant. I basically used defaults throughout, so I don't think there's anything crazy about my setup. Usually, after doing this, ...
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“Not enough space” on partitioning?

I have a 320GB harddrive with 95GB free. I boot to a 10.5 disk, open disk utility, and add a 40GB partition. Halfway through the progress bar, though, it tells me that there's not enough space. I'm ...
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How can I change the title of a boot image?

I have an external Hard Drive with two bootable partitions on it. The first is an image of a Mac OS X 10.6 Install DVD, and the second is an image of a Mac OS X 10.6.3 Install DVD. When I plug the ...
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Is there a safe way to move the /Users folder to a separate volume/drive?

I have an SSD on the way and will be moving my HDD to the optical bay slot in my MBP. I want to boot from the SSD and store my /Users folder on the HDD. I've seen the way that everyone suggest ...
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How can I use NTFS partitions in OS X?

My coworkers use NTFS partitions, and I can't share my data with them, as NTFS on Mac OS X is read-only. How can I read and write onto NTFS partitions?
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Can I resize a BootCamp partition without reinstalling Windows?

Does any one know how to do this?