Changing hard drive now, not sure about # of partitions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by randomguy033, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. randomguy033 macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2009
    Hi. What do I select for # of partitions on a MacBook Pro 15 inch? I haven't started yet, but I was hoping to understand what this means before I take it apart.

    Any other advice before I start? I saw a good YouTube video that seems to make is easy to do.

  2. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    Well for OS X you just want 1 usually, that fills the entire disk. Then if you use boot camp, you can add a second one using the wizard easily.
  3. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2007
    Balham, London
    I used to have two partitions on my iMac but it ended up being a bit too much trouble. Boot Camp won't work if you partition your main drive and I found myself running out of space due to installing large apps like the Final Cut Studio (even when I gave my system partition a fairly generous 80GB).

    As long as you keep a good back up of your main drive partitioning shouldn't really be something that you do IMO.

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