Macbook partition total size decreased?

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  1. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    It's a product of Disk Utility's strangeness. Be thankful the deleted partition wasn't at the beginning of the drive or you'd have a massive headache to deal with. If the lost space really bothers you, back up your stuff and reformat the entire drive to return it to the original size.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    If you can completely erase your external drive, download Carbon Copy Cloner. Use Disk Utility to format the external drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled). With Carbon Copy Cloner, clone your MacBook's hard drive onto the external drive.

    Now restart your MacBook while holding down the option key. After a few seconds, a menu will appear allowing you to select a partition to boot from. Choose to boot from the external hard drive. Your system should run exactly as before. Repeat the process, formatting the MacBook's hard drive (to one partition!) and cloning the external drive back onto the MacBook. Don't worry, if you have accidentally booted from the MacBook's internal drive, Disk Utility will simply refuse to format it.

    I can't see how it would be, no. :confused: The format may fix this problem as well, though.

    I wouldn't suggest using Apple's method. It leads to a lot more work since you would then have to reinstall your operating system.
     
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  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    Nope, nothing. It will be an exact copy, bit-for-bit, of what you had before... except your partition issues will be fixed. :)
     
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    And make certain that it has a GUID partition table instead of APT, otherwise it will not be bootable on the MB.
     

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