Re-partition external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by zoneee, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. zoneee macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    Hello guys,

    i hope you are all having a good day.

    i currently own an external hard drive, a samsung one, currently partitioned this way:

    total capaciti 2 tb
    1.5tb NTFS, i use it to store files to share with windows computers (i use tuxera on my mac to write on ntfs)
    0.5 tb for time machine, mac ox journaled extended

    I would like to repartition it so i can have 1 tb and 1 tb for each partition

    i dont care of losing my time machine data, ill rebuild it from scratch
    i DO care of my data on ntfs partition, i dont wanna lose it and i dont have another external hd.

    which software should i use? can i repartition the ntfs partition without losing data?

    i think i did it in the first place with paragon on windows, i prefer to do it over osx but i can plug it in to a windows computer and do it from there.

    Thank you!
  2. ColdCase, Mar 9, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2015

    ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    You should never mess with the partitioning on your hard disk without first backing it up.

    You should find a way to save the stuff you need, instead of relying on the utilities to save you. 1-2 TB USB drives are relatively inexpensive now days, like $50.

    You can repartition drives with disk utility without losing data but dunno if it maters if one partition is in NTFS. Windows has a shrink utility and then you can alocated the freed up space to another partition.
  3. zoneee thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    thank you for your messages.
    at the moment I'm relatively poor and i can't afford spending 50 or 60 for a backup of a back, but i totally understand your point. I'll see what i can do.
    I'm also reading the post you linked.
    Hopefully someone knows if its possible to do it without touching the data in the partition even if its ntfs!

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