Partitioning Trouble.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by inkn, May 18, 2008.

  1. inkn macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2008
    Hello I'm new to the forums and I am in need of some help.

    As you can tell from my title i have partitioning trouble. I do not know how to get rid of "Greyed out" free space which i can see in disk utility. I can't even make a partition over the free space which should still be possible according to the internet. I have this "free space" which i cannot remove or join with my Main Partition. I know that Disk Utility cannot join/ resize this free space into my original Hard drive/Main partition. I also have iPartition which i think is impossible for me to use. as i have a HFS (Mac OS/Mac OS Extended) drive as stated in iPartition, I had heard that iPartition could fix this Free space problem but i do not know how to do that.

    I am currently Running Mac OS X 10.4.11 (tiger) I have 2 other partitions on my Mac (Tiger and Windows XP) not of equal quantity in space. The HD is not external and is internal in my iMac G5. If possible i would not want to reformat my whole drive as i heard that if i reformat the whole thing and delete windows and it becomes a single partition again i would like to leave this as a last resort and would like:

    some information on how to use iPartition (Detailed as possible ) kinda slow and not that computer savvy.


    Someone to explain another way to get rid of "greyed out free space" using Disk utility or any other program.

  2. merl1n macrumors 65816


    Mar 30, 2008
    New Jersey, USA
    I don't think you are using Disk Utility properly.

    Do this in Disk Utility:

    1. Select the device, not the volumes beneath it.
    2. Click the Partitions tab
    3. Here's where your problem lies... Where it says current, click that and select the number of Partitions you want even if it is the same as what you already have.

    You should then be able to access the free space.

    One thing to note (I can't remember if Tiger allows you to resize partitions without wiping the drive) you may want to make a clone of your drive to an external drive before doing this or you may have to resort to using iPartition instead.
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Tiger does not allow "live" resizing of partitions. Leopard does. I second merl1n's cloning advice - it's a good step to take in case something goes horribly wrong.

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