iPartition...or something else like it?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JustGretchen, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

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    I have an external drive that I'd really prefer to not have to wipe clean to repartition it... therefore I need something like iPartition that will do live partition resizing/adding on the drive.

    Wondering if anyone knows of anything other than ipartition that will do this...It's kinda pricey at 45 bucks.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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  3. JustGretchen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    With certain partitions, yes, with others it will not. This is what I have discovered.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  4. plinden macrumors 68040

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    I've used GParted with non-OS X computers. Works well, but I'm not sure how you could use it on a Mac (VirtualBox maybe?)
     
  5. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think GParted supports HFS+. There is also Drive Genius ($99) and VolumeWorks ($59) so I think iPartition is your best option here.

    If you have a backup drive, just clone it, then repartition, then do a reverse clone.
     
  6. plinden macrumors 68040

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    GParted doesn't support growing HFS+, but supports shrinking and moving partitions (as shown in the table I linked to), so you could arrange the partitions so that Disk Utility could manage them.

    The OP didn't say what format the drive was though - chances are it's still FAT32.

    Edit: I was able to mount the gparted iso in a Parallels VM and access an external HFS+ formatted hard drive ... I didn't actually modify the partition, but I was able to move a slider that would have resized the partition if I'd gone through with it.
     

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