Re-partitioning OSX and Bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by krawfo, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    May 4, 2011
    When I first got my iMac, I set up two 500 gb partitions on my 1tb drive and put Windows on one of the partitions. I've nearly filled my OSX drive with almost nothing on the Windows partition. Should I resize the drive partitions throught OSX or Windows? I don't know if it matters but I'm actually running Windows via Parallels.
  2. macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2012
    In front of a computer. Any computer.
    I don't think you can resize the Boot Camp partition using standard Disk Util procedure in Mac, although you can buy/get a free trial an app that will do it for you. Here's a link to what I found on the subject: I don't know about whether or not you can do it on the Windows side of things.

    Hope that can help you.

    Also, when you say you're running it through Parallels, you mean Parallels is synced up with your partition and can interact with it from your Mac interface? Because that would be helpful to me too. :)
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    May 4, 2011
    Concept, thanks for the link and the info. I'm not sure what you mean by "Parallels is synced up with your partition and can interact with it from your Mac interface".
    I initially installed Bootcamp but quickly got tired of rebooting every time I wanted to switch between Windows and OSX. With Parallels, I can immediately switch between the 2 OS's to access my Windows install on the Bootcamp partition.
  4. macrumors 603


    That's what he was talking about, you are accessing the bootcamp partition from within parallels.

    As for resizing, go into Disk Utility, if it is possible it is not greyed out and you can resize, BUT if I were you I would for sure have a backup, if it goes wrong you still have your Data.
    So, make a backup first.
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    May 4, 2011
    When I go into disk utility, my 1 tb drive is shown with the Mac and Bootcamp partitions. It appears that only the Mac partition can be resized.
  6. macrumors 603


    It may be possible to resize the bootcamp partition in Windows and then the HFS partition in OS X.
    But, don't take my word for it.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2012
    What if my "Macintosh HD" partition on my SSD cannot be resized with the Disk Utility in OS X? What then?

    I also believe that even if I made that smaller that way, and created an unallocated space, Windows 7 cannot extend the system partition (as there is no other one) from within the system using Disk Management (I think you used to be able to do this with Windows XP though, but oh well, 7 it is...).

    Damn Battlefield 3 Premium Edition. Why is it SO big? The whole shebang with all the extensions is weighing in around 30GB?! That's downright insane.
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    May 4, 2011
    Update & Success

    I just finished resizing my OSX/Bootcamp partition using a product called Paragon Camptune. It worked like a charm. Very easy to use and took about 15 minutes. It costs $19.95 but was able to find a 20% off coupon code.

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