Adding a Partition to Mac HD on Mac OS X Panther

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Jac0b, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
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    MacHamster68

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    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
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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?
     
  4. macrumors 68020

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    Here's how you can do it...
    ...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).
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
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    zen.state

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    Thats because you're currently booted from the drive.
     
  7. macrumors 68020

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    Hmm, it let me do it in Snow Leopard. Anyway, for the sake of your data; I'm glad.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
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    zen.state

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    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.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But, I don't have the 10.3 disk. I got my Mac with it already installed.
     
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    zen.state

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

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    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?
     

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