Disk Utility - Partitioning an external HD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Eluzion, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. Eluzion macrumors 6502

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    So I have an external HD that is currently one big partition (FAT32).

    I want to split it up into two partitions, one FAT32 and one Mac OS Extended. However, I have a lot of data on it now that I don't want to lose. Can I use Disk Utility to split the drive into two, creating a second Mac OS Extended partition without losing any data? Will it just resize the FAT32 partition and create a new Mac OS Extended partition, or does it format the entire drive then create the partitions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Disk Utility will destroy the current partition.
     
  3. Eluzion thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    "parted" can resize FAT32 partitions. Use it to shrink the current FAT32 and to add an HFS+. read more about it hare
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Parted
    The above page has links to other parttition editors
     

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