iPartition - resizing APM volumes on the fly.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by weckart, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. weckart macrumors 601

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    Just a reminder that since the shuttering of Corolis Systems, iPartition and other software have been made available for free as long as the site remains up.

    https://coriolis-systems.com/

    Make sure you have a copy safe. It’s by far the easiest way of adding/removing or resizing HFS+ volumes on PPC Macs without wiping existent data.

    It can also add the OS9 drivers retrospectively to volumes created under OSX if you had forgotten to do so.
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68040

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    It should be noted that iDefrag is still a very useful defragging tool for HFS+ spinner drives. Not to be used on a SSD though.
     
  3. z970mp macrumors 68000

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  4. weckart thread starter macrumors 601

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    Tbh, I've never found that HFS+ fragmented enough to make it worth the while.
     
  5. netsrot39 macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the information. Looks like a great application but does it offer any major advantages when compared to Disk Utility? (iPartition that is) Anways, I think I'm gonna try it and check for myself :)
     
  6. JoSch macrumors 6502

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    At least on Tiger, you cannot resize volumes without deleting your data. Also, Disk Utility doesn't allow every operation.
    That's two cases, where iPartition comes in handy.
     
  7. weckart thread starter macrumors 601

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    I mentioned two in my post:

    - Non-destructive movement and alteration of APM volumes
    - Non-destructive retro-installation of OS9 drivers on HFS+ volumes lacking those.

    Disk Utility can do neither of these.
     
  8. LightBulbFun macrumors 68020

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    getting some dejavu here wasn't there a post about this a while back?

    I remember questioning its ability to install OS 9 drivers post facto IIRC (still need to test that out properly)

    (also for what its worth, if a Drive does not have OS 9 drivers installed then Disk Utility in tiger and Leopard can partition and resize an APM volume non destructively)
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    You're remembering two different threads.

    @weckart posted a thread to make us aware that in July 2019 these apps would be freely available with the license keys.

    Around that time I had posted a thread wondering about if OS9 drivers could be removed from a drive after formatting (without reformatting the drive). See here: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/removing-os9-drivers.2177689/

    Weckart also posted in there about iPartition.
     
  10. galgot macrumors regular

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    Tried registering iPartition 3.3.1 with the licenceKey file provided on the site, it says "Bad licencekey file"... :(
    Anyone had success with that ?
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    Starting with 10.4.6, Disk Utility was able to change partitions without erasing the drive. As long as the drive did not have the OS 9 drivers installed.
     
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    Same thing happening for me.

    Edit: I found a keyfile. Turns out I had download a cracked version it a long time ago that came with a keyfile. I've attached it in this post.
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  13. galgot macrumors regular

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    I contacted the dev.
    He kindly replaced the Licensekey files on his site. Should work now if you want a kosher one.
     
  14. RhianB macrumors 6502a

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    Downloaded them all onto my NAS for posterity. A kind act by the dev that is certainly worth a donation.
     

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