Panther has stolen 15GB of hard disk!

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by Felix_the_Mac, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. Felix_the_Mac macrumors member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2003
    Location:
    UK
    #1
    When I installed Panther I partioned my 75GB disk into 50,10,15GB partitions.

    I then formatted them:
    50 GB with HFS Journalled
    10 GB HFS
    15 GB unformatted.

    Then I completed the installation and have been using Panther happily fopr a month now.

    However I now want to format the 15 GB partiton. But Disk Utility will not let me it says:

    "This disk contains the boot volume and cannot be partitioned".

    How can I rescue my 15GB?
    I think this is a bug, do you agree?
     
  2. revenuee macrumors 68020

    revenuee

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2003
    Location:
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    #2
    Re: Panther has stolen 15GB of hard disk!

    Did you install the OS to this partition?
     
  3. Felix_the_Mac thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2003
    Location:
    UK
    #3
    Panther is installed on the 1st partition which is 50 GB.
     
  4. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a

    FuzzyBallz

    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Location:
    Home of Al-Qaida
    #4
    Re: Panther has stolen 15GB of hard disk!

    Wipe the HD and format it as 1 partition of 75GB HFS Journal. If you want a 2nd partition for your files, get a 2nd HD... unless you're using a Book.
     
  5. tomf87 macrumors 65816

    tomf87

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2003
    #5
    Re: Re: Panther has stolen 15GB of hard disk!

    It should work, though, with two or more partitions.

    Have you tried to boot using the OS CD's and go into Disk Utility and format it there? This would then prevent the OS on the hard disk from locking that partition. Also, make sure you are selecting the correct partition. (Not intended to slam you in any way)
     
  6. Felix_the_Mac thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2003
    Location:
    UK
    #6
    Re: Re: Panther has stolen 15GB of hard disk!

    tomf87:

    Thank you very much. That sounds like it might work.

    FuzzyBallz:

    I am afraid that that is not a very helpful suggestion.
    Do you agree that what I am trying to do should be possible without such dire measures?
     
  7. LimeLite macrumors 6502a

    LimeLite

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2003
    Location:
    Los Angeles, Ca
    #7
    Well...why though? Why do you need to turn your one drive into three partitions? If you don't mind us asking.
     
  8. tomf87 macrumors 65816

    tomf87

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2003
    #8
    Some people like more than one partition on a drive. For example, I use two partitions on my drive, one for system, the other for data. This way I can just backup one volume and know I have everything.

    Of course, this won't protect me if a physical drive fails, but the same would happen with just one partition as well, so they are identical in that fashion.
     
  9. Felix_the_Mac thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2003
    Location:
    UK
    #9
    Well, the 10GB partiton was going to be for an emergency copy of Jaguar, but I haven't needed it.
    The 15GB partiton was/is going to be for Linux.
     
  10. tomf87 macrumors 65816

    tomf87

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2003
    #10
    Felix,

    You want to let Linux format that one then. Linux should use ext2, ext3, or reiser and MacOS will format it HFS.

    Tom
     

Share This Page