Creating a Partition on External HDD

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  1. skibob1027 macrumors member

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    EDIT: I moved this from the "Mac Basics and Help" forum - thought it fit better here.

    In Mac OSX, how do I create a partition on an unused part of an external hard drive? Half of my 250 GB hard drive is an NFTS partition, and I would like to format the other half for Mac. I'm new to Mac, however, so I'm lost on where to look.

    BTW, if this is a repeated topic, I'm sorry, I tried searching the forums but could only find stuff on boot camp.

    Any help is much appreciated!
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I'm fairly certain Disk Utility (in Utilities) should be able to do this.
     
  3. skibob1027 thread starter macrumors member

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    Found Disk Utility - but now I don't know how to create a partition on my external HDD w/o erasing the already existing Window partition. Is there a help file on this anywhere within OSX?
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    You cannot create a new partition with Disk Utility w/o erasing your current partition scheme (and therefore your data).

    You have to use 3rd party ($pay) software.

    User be warned, I would never trust my data to any app that changes the partition on the fly.

    iPartition & VolumeWorks are 2 of the 3rd party partition editors.
     

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