I have a problem that I cannot select Option tab in Partition tab as shown in above screenshot. I wanted to convert my external hard disk to GUID partition table.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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  • Please add a complete screenshot of the Disk Utility window and the output of diskutil list entered in Terminal. The most important informations are missing. – klanomath Oct 25 '15 at 8:15
  • Dear Klanomath, Thank you for the reply. I added screenshots as per your request. Please help me check. Thanks. :) – 21Tech Oct 25 '15 at 9:38

You can't partition disk1 freely because it contains a Core Storage Volume Group (disk1s2 -> disk2).

You can revert to a non-CoreStorage by booting to Macintosh HD (disk0s2) and opening Terminal.

Enter the following to get all necessary infos:

diskutil cs list

Example listing:

      CoreStorage logical volume groups (1 found)
    +-- Logical Volume Group A629E051-D7B0-4B8C-A803-074F62704636
        Name:         System
        Status:       Online
        Size:         53946696192 B (53.9 GB)
        Free Space:   16777216 B (16.8 MB)
        +-< Physical Volume 90C09FC0-4215-4871-901B-70E2C9C7D464
        |   ----------------------------------------------------
        |   Index:    0
        |   Disk:     disk0s2
        |   Status:   Online
        |   Size:     53946696192 B (53.9 GB)
        +-> Logical Volume Family F6962E38-50E4-4458-BFE6-CF2E179352F5
            Encryption Status:       Unlocked
            Encryption Type:         None
            Conversion Status:       NoConversion
            Conversion Direction:    -none-
            Has Encrypted Extents:   No
            Fully Secure:            No
            Passphrase Required:     No
            +-> Logical Volume BD36C73D-860D-4DC6-B125-AD624F448B88
                Disk:                  disk2
                Status:                Online
                Size (Total):          53496696192 B (53.5 GB)
                Conversion Progress:   -none-
                Revertible:            Yes (no decryption required)
                LV Name:               System
                Volume Name:           System
                Content Hint:          Apple_HFS

If your Logical Volume is revertible enter:

diskutil cs revert lvUUID

(lvUUID is the UUID of the Logical Volume)

with the UUID of the example above

diskutil cs revert BD36C73D-860D-4DC6-B125-AD624F448B88

If the Logical Volume is encrypted you have to enter a passphrase.

After the conversion repartition the drive as needed.

If the LV isn't revertible you have to copy the content of the volume 21Tech to another volume and delete the Logical Volume Group with:

diskutil cs delete lvgUUID

(lvgUUID is the UUID of the Logical Volume Group)

with the UUID of the example above

diskutil cs delete A629E051-D7B0-4B8C-A803-074F62704636

Then repartition the drive as needed.

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