Multiple partitions on my mac - moving disk space

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  1. bradShares macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2009
    currently in missouri
    Hi, all.

    I purchased my mac from a friend of a friend a while back. It runs great and there are just a few custom things the previous owner did that have not caught up to me: the available disk space in Leopard is almost completely used up.

    There are two other drives (or partitions I believe they are called), each of which has roughly 25GB available.

    Does anyone know how I can get this free space in the other partitions transferred to my main leopard os?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. heySparky macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2007
    I never really understood the reason people partition their HD's.

    What is stored on the two 25 gig partitions?

    What I would do would be to back up the main partition to an external HD using CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper, then copy any of the stuff on the other 2 partitions to the external, then reformat the internal HD using the startup disc that should have come with the Mac (or use the most current OS disc you have). Then migrate back from the external.

    Other choice would be to use a drive utility app that will allow you to remove the 25 gig partitions.

    You probably have a lot of extra crap on the main partition that you could dump as well.
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    It most probably comes from using Windows. When I used that OS, I always had a partition D: or E: to store all my data, in case Windows (or I do) smegs up and a format c: is in order.

    Last year I had to partition an external 1TB HDD with 15 partitions in Mac OS X 10.2.x because the video editing software on that machine couldn't handle more than 10.000 media files per drive.
  4. bradShares thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2009
    currently in missouri
    thanks for the help.

    i am going to get an external hd, move my files to be safe, and try your initial idea. one partition has windows on it, which i can do without, and the other has most of my documents.

    i'll come back and let you know how it goes, thank you.

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