Reclaiming unpartitioned space

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ThatSoundAgain, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. ThatSoundAgain macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2005
    I have around 6 GB of unpartitioned space on my iBook's HD. It's from when I did a clean install of Tiger, and I thought I might get around to installing Ubuntu there. Now it's clear that I won't do that in the near future, and I was wondering if I could somehow make a mac partition out of it and use it for storage? Disk Utility seems to want to reformat everything in order to work, and I don't want to lose my main and secondary partitions.

    Any ideas?
  2. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    I think if yoou go to Disk Utility you can format it in there...

  3. ThatSoundAgain thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2005
    Yes, but it also wipes the entire disk. I was hoping to avoid that and maybe find something like the Windows app Partition Magic, that can rearrange partitions without deleting everything.

    Thanks anyway for the reply!
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    There's a couple partition utils (look on, but I don't compeltely trust them.

    You are WELL advised to make a very good back up before attempting to use them (messing with the partition map on the fly.. yikes).

    And if you go through the trouble to make a good back up, why not just erase, repartition, and reinstall from the back up?
  5. ThatSoundAgain thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2005
    Yeah, you're right. I'd have to back up everything anyways. It just bugs me that it's 6 GB - not that big of a deal, maybe not even worth the work, but annoying nonetheless.

    Oh well, I'll have a look at it the next time I do a major backup anyways.


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