RE-partitioning for OSX/Windows

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jmv, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. jmv macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I initially configured my MacBook Pro using Boot Camp creating a 32GB FAT32 partition. I must say that I did experience some difficulties not being able to create the partition ... it would fail specifying exactly 32GB but any size below that did work.

    Anyhow, now I realize that I do not have sufficient disk space for all my windows data and programs I need to migrate from my former windows platform.
    Therefore, I need to re-partition my disk.

    I was thinking about 3 partition if at all possibles:
    1-Mac OS + data (remaining disk space from 2 and 3 below)
    2-32GB Windows XP install + programs only
    3-32GB Data : shared between MacOS and WinXP

    Questions:
    1-What would be the recommended procedure to do this (partitioning)?
    2-Do I have to reload MacOS from scratch?
    3-For partition 2 I am thinking NTFS but will MacOs be able to view the files?
    4-For partition 3 (data)what is the recommended format for maximum file sharing between MacOS and Windows ?

    Thanks for all input
    JM
     
  2. Vaphoron macrumors 6502

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    If I remember correctly Boot Camp will only let you create a Windows partition if you don't have any existing partitions on your HD. Then after you create a Boot Camp partition, Disk Utility won't let you create a new partition. I was trying to create 3 partitions for Leopard, Tiger and XP and couldn't get it to work so I think you are gonna have to stick to 2 partitions.
     
  3. Phatpat macrumors 6502a

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  4. Vaphoron macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for that link, I never knew there was a software program that would allow you to resize a Boot Camp partition.
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    If you change FAT to NTFS, then you can use WinClone.
     
  6. jmv thread starter macrumors newbie

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    RE-partitioning for OSX/Windows

    Hi,

    Thanks all for your replies.
    I did try iPartition and i will not let me do anything with my current 2 partitions:
    MacOs and Windows.

    Winclone seems interesting.
    I will give it a try.

    JM
     

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