iPartition going mad?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gomobel, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. gomobel macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007

    I had a 3 partition disk (BIG-BIG-SMALL) scheme and yesterday I had to delete the small one and merge it to one of the bigs. I used for that iPartition 1,5,2.

    When I clicked "Apply changes" it said it would be no problem in resizing the partitions without deleting data (as iPartion usually does) and told me not to click ABORT or the disk may be damaged.

    So, since 12h now (even more...) it has been reordering everything on the external hard drive (i've hearing and i'am hearing the HD working...all the time...) and its only by

    1/3...70%. :eek::eek::eek:

    Is that normal considering the ammount of data (approx 500GB) iPartition is replacing?

    How much -more- time could that take?

    Thanks for your help, really, ;)


  2. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

    John Jacob

    Feb 11, 2003
    Columbia, MD
    Are you running Leopard? I received this in the email this morning.

    From: "Coriolis Systems Limited"
    To: "JOHN JACOB"
    Subject: Leopard Compatibility
    Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 18:33:02 +0000 (GMT)

    Hi all,

    As was to be expected, we are getting a lot of queries about Leopard
    compatibility of both iPartition and iDefrag.

    To cut a long story short, both the final developer seed (9A559) and the
    release version of Leopard (9A581) appear to contain a kernel bug that causes
    the disk to stop responding. The symptoms of this problem are that our
    programs will stop making any progress with the task they are working on, and
    under some circumstances may beachball; additionally, the disk being used
    will no longer work until you restart your machine. This does not seem to
    happen with all disks on all systems, but it is easily reproduced on some of
    the machines we have here and does not happen from earlier Leopard developer
    seeds or from Tiger.

    As a result, we do not recommend running our software *from* Leopard at this
    time. The problem has been reported to Apple and we will be working to help
    them to track it down as swiftly as possible.

    In the meantime, if you wish to use iPartition or iDefrag on a machine with
    Leopard installed, please use the programs from a bootable CD or DVD created
    with CDMaker. Such discs are currently based on Tiger rather than Leopard,
    so the problem mentioned above will not occur. Note also that CDMaker is
    not presently able to create a bootable disc based on the Leopard install
    DVD. We have no plans to address this issue until we are certain that running
    iPartition and iDefrag from Leopard is safe for our customers.

    One final caveat is that we do not, at this time, have the official
    documentation for the new "directory hard links" feature that is used by
    Time Machine. We have done a little investigation ourselves and we have no
    reason to suppose that the new feature will cause any problems, but until
    we have seen the official documentation (which, we are assured will be
    released soon) we recommend caution when manipulating volumes containing
    Time Machine back-ups.

    Kind regards,

    Coriolis Systems Limited

    p.s. The above information applies to *all versions* of iPartition and
    iDefrag, including the recently released iPartition 3.

  3. gomobel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    Not yet. I'm running Tiger.

    But that's exactly the error...it's not showing progress at all....but I'm totally panic about swithching off either the external HDdrive or the Mac cuz i dont want to loose any data....

    And the HD seems to work (it does a working noise...) so... I hope it's just a soft problem not showing progress correctly...
  4. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

    John Jacob

    Feb 11, 2003
    Columbia, MD
    Well, in that case I have no idea. I'm sorry. You might consider writing an email to Coriolis Systems - I've generally experienced good support from those folks.
  5. gomobel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    Now it's marking 71%, 6 hours later... so ... at least its not stacked
  6. Blubbert macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    A friend of mine had a similar problem. He used iPartition to destroy a partition and enlarge the other partition on his disk. The destruction was really quick, but then iPartition decided to move over 320gb of data around, before finally enlarging the partition. From what im reading, youre stuck in that "shuffle the data around" cycle, and it takes forever. It will end eventually.
  7. gomobel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    Forever means more than 40 hours now??? I want to click abort to finish with that! I need to use my mac for other things and need to use the external drive!

  8. chas0001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Alicante, SPAIN
    I had exactly the same problem with ipartition. It was trying to move a 200gb partition on a firewire drive. After 8 hours it was just half way through. As I had a full backup of the partition elsewhere I tried to cancel it but it will not stop until the routine is complete. So I then Force Quitted it and this left the partition corrupted. Cannot say I was surprised.

    I would recommend that you just leave it chugging away....
  9. gomobel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007

    I contacted the Support and they answered and try to solve my problem...but still stacked ....

    I dont wanna abort it or stop it because i dont have those data backedup, so i do not want to lose the partition as it happened to chas.


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