repartitioning without reinstalling everything?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 2ms, May 27, 2009.

  1. 2ms macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2002
    When I first got my iMac and set up Boot Camp I made my Windows partition a little overoptimistically small. Now that I've got all my required work software installed it's basically turning out that I really should have made it a lot larger.

    Is there a way to resize without having to reinstall everything?

    I remember back in my dual booting Windows and Linux days there was a program called Partition Magic that just sorta really magically, it seemed like, did whatever you wanted with partitions on the fly.

    Is there any way to do this with Leopard/Boot Camp?
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    Perhaps you can user a program like superduper to clone that partion. But I'm not sure if it can clone a non-mac hard drive. :confused:
  3. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    There are partitioners, similar to Partition Magic on OS X as well, I have good experience with iPartition.

    There are some problems you may encounter. Firstly, you need to reduce the size of the HFS+ partition. AFAIK you can do that with the disk utility after you free up enough disk space. It sometimes throws fits if the drive isn't defragged, so you may need to use a defragging tool to move all data to one side of the partition so that you may reduce its size on the other end.

    After that's done, you'll need to use iPartition or a similar tool to increase the size of the windows partition and that's about it.
  4. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006

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