Creating a new disk formatting scheme or altering an existing scheme

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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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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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Can I resize a BootCamp partition without reinstalling Windows?

Does any one know how to do this?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Partitioning Software

Is there an equivalent on the Mac platform to Partition Magic or GParted that will allow me to resize, move, and/or change partitions on the fly without formatting, or disturbing the data that is ...
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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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Installing Windows manually

Here's the situation: I've got three partitions on my disk - EFI, OS, and a Data Partition + 40 gigs of free space for a Windows partition. I already deleted the Recovery partition to avoid conflicts ...
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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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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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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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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 do you install and use a Linux partition on Mavericks?

As a just-for-fun type of experiment, I was wanting to install Linux on an external drive that I own and boot it up on my 2007 iMac desktop. I know there are a plethora of guides out there on how to ...
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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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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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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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Can I have two Time Machine partitions on one hard disk drive?

I know that someone can use a partition on a hard disk drive for Time Machine, but is it possible to specify more than one partition on a single drive for this purpose? The scenario: My partner and ...
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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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Apple recovery partition possibly creating problems in Ubuntu

Before reading, it may help to know I have a 13" Macbook Pro (model 7,1. Mid-2010). Recently, the HFS+ filesystem on my OSX became corrupt and after many trials and errors, it was clear I was going ...
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How do I recover an “invisible” OS X boot option in BootCamp (running on a 2013 MBA)?

Summary Unable to boot into the OS X partition of a 2013 MBA which dual-boots OS X and Windows 8 via BootCamp. Could "Repairing Disk" via "Disk Utility" damage the working Windows 8 partition? What ...
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50% SSD Space lost issue on MBA

I have an MBA 2009, model A1304. The Hard drive system information says its an "Apple SSD SM128". But when I look at the available and total space, I have one partition 28.8GB (bootcamp) and one ...
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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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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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Bypassing Boot Camp to install Windows using a non-standard partition scheme

My new Retina MacBook Pro is on its way, giving me time to contemplate setting it up. Good thing I got started—I had no idea how difficult it was going to be to install Windows and create an auxiliary ...
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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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How do I delete a BootCamp partition using Terminal's diskutil?

For some reason, the BootCamp Assistant app won't let me delete my BootCamp partition. How can I do so using Terminal and the diskutil terminal app?
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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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Why does my 3TB Seagate HD keep formatting as a Logical Volume Group

This is really annoying. I have a brand new Seagate 3TB 7200 RPM hard drive that I am trying to format/partition in Disk Utility. Every time I change any settings or erase the drive, it changes it 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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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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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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How to Partition New Bootable Drive to Include Recovery Partition

I just completed a restore from Time Machine to a newly partitioned drive and discovered that the Recovery Partition wasn't created. Other than that, the restore went well and the new drive runs fine. ...
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Delete swap partition

I made a swap partition to install Ubuntu on my MacBook Air 2011, but now I want to clean all the partitions up. However, I can't delete the "swap partition" in Disk Utility. Can anyone help me?
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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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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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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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“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 ...