Partitioning the disk in Panther

Discussion in 'macOS' started by toroidal boat, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. toroidal boat macrumors newbie

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    Is there a way to partition the disk that 10.3.9 runs on? Disk Utility doesn't let me do that by default because 10.3.9 is running on it.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    You cannot partition the startup disk in Panther. You must boot from another drive before you can partition it. Note: If you do partition it, it will erase the drive first.
     
  3. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, unfortunately, Tiger was the OS that introduced non-destructive disk partitioning. If you have a copy of the Tiger DVD, try booting to it and re-partitioning from Disk Utility? Backup first.
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Only later versions of Tiger had it. I'm not sure if PowerPC Tiger ever supported it. I do know that if the drive has the OS 9 drivers installed on it, the entire hard drive must be erased before it can be repartitioned.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    The procedure for partitioning in 10.3.9:

    1. Backup the drive to be partitioned.
    2. Boot from A DIFFERENT drive
    3. Re-initialize and partition the "target drive"
    4. Restore backups to it as necessary.

    Aside:
    10.3.9 is a good OS and I used it for years, "holding out" from upgrading any further.
    But 10.4.x is a good upgrade, I discovered...
     

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