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 partition so that I can A) use the space, and B) stop being asked about ejecting multiple partitions when I eject the drive.
Yes, I've seen this question which is almost a duplicate, except my situation is a little different and I don't want to break anything!
Some output from my terminal:
Macbook-Pro:~ matt$ diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *128.0 GB disk0 1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_CoreStorage 127.2 GB disk0s2 3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3 /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: Apple_HFS OS X *126.8 GB disk1 /dev/disk2 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *500.1 GB disk2 1: EFI 209.7 MB disk2s1 2: Apple_CoreStorage 499.2 GB disk2s2 3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk2s3 /dev/disk3 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: Apple_HFS Backup *498.9 GB disk3 Macbook-Pro:~ matt$
... and I'm confused, because I only have my internal, 128 GB SSD and my external, 500 GB HDD connected at the time I ran this. My question is two-fold:
Why are there 4 disks showing up in
diskutil list? I only have the two physical drives connected... what do the
*characters mean? Ultimately, which disk should I be re-partitioning?
How can I safely remove the recovery partition on my now-backup-only drive? Of course I want to keep the one on my 128 GB drive, so obviously I won't mess with
disk1... I assume this will involve the same/similar steps as in the question I linked to above.
Just wanted to be sure before I did anything potentially destructive... cheers for your advice.