Unpartition a drive without wiping it?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mac-Addict, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
    Can I unpartition a drive without wiping all its data in disk utility?
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    "Unpartition"? How do you mean? You can delete and resize partitions without affecting data on other partitions, but when you remove a partition all data on that partition is lost.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

    Feb 20, 2009
    "Can I unpartition a drive without wiping all its data in disk utility?"

    Before Leopard, I don't think this could be done (using Disk Utility).

    But Disk Utility seems to be different now.

    It looks like you can create additional partitions, and also remove existing partitions (at least other than the boot partition).

    However, if you choose to remove an existing partition, you'll lose the data that resides on it - same as if you re-initialized.

    The workaround is to move whatever you wish to keep from the partition that will be deleted to one that will be retained.

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