Can't delete "free space" partition

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MackenzieArbour, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. MackenzieArbour macrumors newbie

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    I've had Leopard for barely any time at all, and I've already run into a problem. I tried to delete two of the three partitions I have for my Macintosh HD, but now where the partitions used to be is just allocated to "free space". I tried deleting the free space, but the minus button in disk utility is greyed out. Any suggestions?
     

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  2. MackenzieArbour thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oops, almost forgot these
     

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  3. daveboy macrumors newbie

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    I've got the same problem. Can anyone shed any light on the issue?:(
     
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Um... you can't delete it, because it's already free space. There's nothing to delete.

    If you're trying to move the remaining partition to the "top" (technically outside, I think) of the drive, Disk Utility can't do that. A repartition-on-the-fly app probably can, but the only ones I'm aware of are not free. Alternately, back up your files, reformat the drive and reinstall from scratch--this is safer, anyway.

    If you want to expand your remaining partition to fill the whole drive, Disk Utility also can't do that. Same answer--non-free apps should be able to.

    If you want to just create a partiton to fill that space, Disk Utility probably can, although I've never tried doing that--select the format you want for it and "Apply."

    If I've misunderstood the question, apologies.
     
  5. daveboy macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for answering. What are the non-free apps? I really don't have the time and patience to back up about 80 GBs of stuff.


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    Never mind I got it sorted with iPartition run from a boot disc.
     
  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Glad you got it worked out; iPartition was the only one I have experience with anyway. I didn't name it explicitly because it's been a while since I used it and didn't know what was around right now.
     

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