Partition a hard drive with data on it.

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by sim667, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. sim667 macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
    Is it possible to partition a disk that already has data on it, without losing data thats already on it?

    I need to create a 4 gb partition on a hard drive which has 6 gb free on it.

    I was told it was on my ACSP but I can't see how to do it in disk utility.
  2. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    Yes you can, but you need to have contiguous free space. If your HD in question is of any reasonable size, that 6gb free isn't going to be contiguous.

    Be careful with the format of the hard drive as well; I am not sure how well resizing FAT16/32 drives is supported.
  3. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

    Mattie Num Nums

    Mar 5, 2009
    You can partition on the fly with Disk Utility. I do not remember this question on my ACSP exam.

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