Partitioning Newbie

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by macdaddy121, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. macdaddy121 macrumors 6502a

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    I have had Windows through Bootcamp on my Macbook for about 4-6 months. I didn't understand how I put it on here and I didn't understand the whole partitioning this hard drive for that and all the other stuff....I just installed and went between Windows and OSX when I needed to. Being in school for Architecture I need to be on Windows alot. I only partitioned 5 GB to Windows.....big mistake. Now I need to repartition which means reformat and reinstall. So now that I am doing it over again, I have some questions.

    I have a 500GB External. How do I save everything onto that so that I can reformat and keep all of my stuff? When partitioning in bootcamp I remember it asked me if I wanted to do a more secure form of harddrive or an easier form for transfering files hard drive....which one should I do and why? Also, how do I partition the external to where I can put both Windows and Mac software on there?

    Sorry for the long post but this stuff confuses me. Thanks for helping me out and all info is wanted.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    You could format the the external HD to FAT32, which would be read by both OS X and Windows. Or you can buy mac drive for windows.

    EDIT: I'm pretty sure you can repartition your internal hard drive without losing all your data. (Repartition using the Boot Camp manager)
     
  4. macdaddy121 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Don, I will look into that. Anyone else want to try and help??
     
  5. steveski macrumors newbie

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    I had the same thing (I partitioned 16BG to Windows) but I need to divert more. How do I use the bootcamp manager to repartition my hard-drive again without losing all my data.

    Hope there is some way to solve our problem 'Macdaddy.
     

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