Partitioning 1TB HDD - what to use or not

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mitaka27, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Mitaka27 macrumors newbie

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    I am new to the Mac world. I have search the net and here but haven't been able to find a suitable answer to my question as yet.

    I have a brand new 27inch iMac with a 1 TB HDD which I want to partition in order to store graphics (photos and the like), movies and music on. I am also considering installing Windows7 if I can't get Codeweavers Crossover Mac Pro working in order to bring over some of my old Windows programs. I have tried iPartition 3 2 0 but without much luck. I leave the bootable DVD in the drive and press "C" on boot but it just seems to freeze. I haven't tried placing the image on an external USB HDD as yet because I am not confident as yet as to what I am doing with the mac.

    My questions are:

    1. Should I be partitioning an iMac in the first place in order to store such data?
    2. If I do partition, then what software do you recommend?

    Your help or advice would certainly be appreciated.

    Mitaka27
     
  2. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    Mac's built in disk partitioner is pretty good,but I would personally use Gparted.
     
  3. Mitaka27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick reply. Will a GParted boot disk work on a SATA drive? And will I still need to use the "C" key on boot up? At the moment the installed iPartition soft says that I can't format from within the partition. I am not sure about the "built in disk partitioner" utility as I have never used it before. I have always used Hiren's Boot CD in Windows for this function. :)

    Once again thanks for the advice. Very much appreciated.

    Mitaka27
     
  4. SpookyLars macrumors 6502

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    Boot iMac from Install DVD (key "c" on boot up), run Disk Utility (from menu Utilities), select disk and go to tab Partition.
     
  5. MCRunning macrumors 6502

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    I just use Disk Utility. It gets the job done.
     
  6. Mitaka27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks SpookyLars, that worked. I managed 4 partitions - 3 Partitions. 3 MAC OS and 1 WIN DOS for my Windows. The only problem is that the Win partition is FAT32 and I want NTFS. Any suggestions on how to change that anybody?

    Many thanks again.

    Mitaka27

    Getting to love this Mac though. Cool:D
     
  7. SpookyLars macrumors 6502

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    Select correct file system during Windows installation.
     

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