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Jac0b
Aug 7, 2011, 04:04 PM
Hey, I need some help. I have a Powermac G5 with Mac OS X 10.3 installed. I need to add a blank Partition that is 10GB. I need to do this to install Mac Os X Leopard. I had purchased a copy of the full retail Leopard install. The problem is that my mac won't read the DL DVD, I'm not sure why though it should read it. So I created a DMG from it on a friends mac and transfered it over with a flash drive. I would have booted from the flash drive but, only intel Macs can boot from a external storage device. So now I need to make a partition to restore the DMG to and boot off of it and install Leopard onto my other partition (the one with Panther on it and all my personal documents/files). But, I can't figure out how to make another partition without erasing all my data.



MacHamster68
Aug 7, 2011, 04:11 PM
no all Mac's can boot of external HDD's and ODD's , its just PPC Mac's need a firewire external ..its faster anyway
second the ODD's Apple does use are not really what one might call superior , so it might well be broken

Jac0b
Aug 7, 2011, 04:25 PM
But, I don't have a external firewire. And I really need to know how to create a 10GB blank partition to install Leopard. I have looked up on how to do it but, I could only found out how to do it with terminal on OS X 10.4. And when I tried to enter the command they did it told me to put in my password so I did and then this comes up:
<verb> is one of the following:
list (List the partitions of a disk)
information | info (Get information on a disk or volume)

unmount (Unmount a single volume)
unmountDisk (Unmount an entire disk (all volumes))
eject (Eject a disk)
mount (Mount a single volume)
mountDisk (Mount an entire disk (all mountable volumes))
rename (Rename a volume)

enableJournal (Enable HFS+ journaling on a mounted HFS+ volume)
disableJournal (Disable HFS+ journaling on a mounted HFS+ volume)

verifyDisk (Verify the structure of a volume)
repairDisk (Repair the structure of a volume)

verifyPermissions (Verify the permissions of a volume)
repairPermissions (Repair the permissions of a volume)
repairOS9Permissions (Repair the permissions for the current
Classic boot volume)

eraseDisk (Erase an existing disk, removing all volumes)
eraseVolume (Erase an existing volume)
eraseOptical (Erase an optical media (CD/RW, DVD/RW, etc.))
zeroDisk (Erase a disk, writing zeros to the media)
randomDisk (Erase a disk, writing random data to the media)

partitionDisk ((re)Partition a disk, removing all volumes)

createRAID (Create a RAID set on multiple disks)
destroyRAID (Destroy an existing RAID set)
checkRAID (Check a RAID set for errors)
enableRAID (Convert a disk to a degraded RAID mirror set)
repairMirror (Repair a damaged RAID mirror set)

diskutil <verb> with no options will provide help on that verb

And it doesn't do anything after that. I am not that intelligent when it comes to terminal so I'm not sure on what to do after that. Is there a Partition Software that I can download for OS X 10.3?

AdrianK
Aug 7, 2011, 04:31 PM
Here's how you can do it...


Open Disk Utility from Applications > Disk Utility
Select the hard drive on the right
Click on the partitions tab
Under 'Partition Layout', drag the handle upward to set the new size, alternatively you can enter the size you want on the right
Click the empty space underneath and press the + button to create a new partition
Name it whatever you want (this can be changed later), set the format as 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)' (this should be the default anyway)
Hit 'Apply'!


Before you do this, just be warned that something could go wrong and data may be lost. It shouldn't happen, but if you can you should back up all import data on the drive.
...but you'd need to be booted from the OS X. I have shrunk the partition I was working on once, two days later the partition was shot, unrepairable. Try at your own risk (if you want, but please don't :P).

Jac0b
Aug 7, 2011, 04:42 PM
I went into disk utility and clicked on my HD and went to the Partitions tab and it won't let me do anything. It's like everything is locked. It won't let change anything.

zen.state
Aug 7, 2011, 04:45 PM
I went into disk utility and clicked on my HD and went to the Partitions tab and it won't let me do anything. It's like everything is locked. It won't let change anything.

Thats because you're currently booted from the drive.

AdrianK
Aug 7, 2011, 05:00 PM
I went into disk utility and clicked on my HD and went to the Partitions tab and it won't let me do anything. It's like everything is locked. It won't let change anything.
Hmm, it let me do it in Snow Leopard. Anyway, for the sake of your data; I'm glad.

Jac0b
Aug 7, 2011, 05:33 PM
Well, anyways... could someone direct me a website that will tell me how to do it on OS X 10.3 or a Program that can add a Partition to my HD?
I really need Leopard. OS X Panther is really out of date and the Programs/Apps I need for school only support 10.5+. I also need Leopard so I can install Java 1.5.

zen.state
Aug 7, 2011, 05:43 PM
Well, anyways... could someone direct me a website that will tell me how to do it on OS X 10.3 or a Program that can add a Partition to my HD?
I really need Leopard. OS X Panther is really out of date and the Programs/Apps I need for school only support 10.5+. I also need Leopard so I can install Java 1.5.

Just backup your data on the 10.3 disk and then do it. Thats a much more direct way to get it done. If you have never reinstalled 10.3 or reformatted that drive then it will certainly benefit from doing so.

Jac0b
Aug 7, 2011, 05:49 PM
But, I don't have the 10.3 disk. I got my Mac with it already installed.

zen.state
Aug 7, 2011, 05:52 PM
But, I don't have the 10.3 disk. I got my Mac with it already installed.

You don't need the 10.3 disk to backup your personal documents, files, mail, bookmarks and whatever else.

Jac0b
Aug 8, 2011, 04:59 PM
Could someone just tell me how to create a partition and stop trying to tell me how to do the alternatives. i have tried a lot of softwares and i have tried terminal. It is just frustrating trying to do this cause school has already started in the area I live in and pretty soon I will need to install Leopard:(. Is there someone that knows how to do it like the ADC guys with terminal? Someone that could tell me the steps so i can get this done. Or is there a way from booting from a USB external drive with a PPC Mac? Is there a way of installing it through a PC?