How to unpartition harddrive

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by atbutton, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. atbutton macrumors newbie

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    I have just reinstalled lion so i partitioned my hard drive to do so. It now shows as a 130gb drive and 190gb free space. How can i make one large hard drive again? I can't just resize it bigger as it will only allow me to resize smaller.
    Please help me on this.
    Many thanks
    Andrew
     
  2. wikus macrumors 68000

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    Open Disk Utility and select the hard drive with the missing free space. Select the Partition tab and adjust the free space there.
     
  3. atbutton thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can format the free space but i can't make the partition with lion installed any bigger.
     
  4. wikus macrumors 68000

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    try booting into the lion installer and using disk utility there to redistribute the free space. if anything, try using that free space to make a new partition, apply it, delete it then try combining the free space with your main partition (i had to do that a couple times in snow leopard....).

    Apple really needs to get its ***** together when it comes to anything remotely technical. The OS is great, but for anyone that isnt a total noob, it does have its limitations.
     
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    If one needs more technical access - there are the backend tools diskutil and gpt. That said, there's usually a reason why Disk Utility restricts an action.

    OP - open Terminal and run the following:
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    %[B]diskutil list[/B]
    That might shed some light on what's going on.
     

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