Non Destructive Partition

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mlmorg, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. mlmorg macrumors member

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    #1
    Hi all,
    I have a mac mini and an external drive. My external has a lot of extra files not on my mac mini; however, I'd like to set up time machine for the files on the mac mini to back up to the external. So, I need to partition the external drive non-destructively so that I don't lose the important files on my external. Is there a way to do this, and is it 100% safe? Thanks,
    Matt
     
  2. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

    chas0001

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    If you have Leopard or a later version of Tiger, Disk Utility lets you resize partitions. The only problem is when the data on the disk is all spread out (technical term). You then have to defrag it first before resizing the partitions. I use IDEFAG and IPARTITON. They are really good pieces of software and I have never had a problem with them. Unfortunately they are not free.

    As with anything, you never know what may happen when you repartition. If you can backup before you attempt it then do by all means.
     

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