Partitioning an External

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  1. kicks66 macrumors newbie

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    Im currently sorting myself out for Snow Leopard. I have an external hard drive i want to back some stuff up on to.

    The external currently has 3 partitions, all partitioned as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). I want to keep Partition 1 the same with all its data. Partition 2 and 3 i want to merge into one larger partition, and i dont mind losing data on these two.

    Ive tried using disk utility, but in the section where id add/delete partitions, the plus/minus buttons are greyed out. This is the same when running of the OSX install disk as well.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    They are grayed out? Try and click on a partition first ;)
     
  3. kicks66 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    [​IMG]

    Same thing happens if theyre unmounted as well.
     
  4. helix21 macrumors regular

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    noobish question but how did you take such a crisp screenshot of the windows with the shadow?
     
  5. kicks66 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Command+Shift+4+Space+Click Window.
     
  6. Maccleduff macrumors regular

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  7. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Are you trying to merge the information on 2 partitions into one? If so, this is impossible with Disk Utility, I don't know of a partition utility that CAN do this.

    If you're just looking to create a new partition on top of that space, format the 2nd and 3rd part. then try to merge.
     
  8. kicks66 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Im looking to create a partition on top f the space. Ive formatted both drives, but what do i do to merge them? The screenshot above shows how i think youre meant to do it, but as you can see the plus/minus signs are greyed out.
     
  9. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Try formatting the partitions that you want to merge again but with Extended Journalled.

    Otherwise I'm out of ideas.
     
  10. Etnies419 macrumors 6502

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    Try using Disk Utility from your Leopard Install disc. It shouldn't make a difference, because it's not an internal HD, but you never know.
     
  11. kicks66 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ive tried both of these, to no avail :(
     

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