Trouble with order of disk partitions

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  1. retta283 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2018
    Kingman, AZ
    I have my iMac's HDD partitioned into 5 chunks. I want to consolidate 2 of these into 1 chunk, since one of them is empty. However, when I remove the empty disk, it joins another partition. I cannot take any space from the empty partition into the one I want to be bigger.

    I believe this is due to the order I created the partitions. I made the one that is now empty first, and the one I am trying to add it to second. Neither are a boot disk. Just wanted to see if there was anything I could do to consolidate the disks.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    If the partitions weren't created in "just the right order", it may not work.

    In that case, the best bet (100% guaranteed to work) is to do this:
    1. Get an external drive
    2. Back up all the data on the partitions you wish to "save" onto another disk (also with partitions if you need to do it that way)
    3. ERASE the the ENTIRE drive, then...
    4. RE-partition it to how you want it to be
    5. Finally, restore the data to each partition.

    YES, this "is work".
    But it might be "the only way" that DOES "work".
  3. ItWasNotMe macrumors 6502

    Dec 1, 2012
    Try iPartition from here

    Will not work on APFS disks though and as landing page says, development stopped early this year

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