Will partitioning a drive erase it?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Keytachi, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Keytachi macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2006
    The title says it all, but i'll develop a little bit.
    I have a macbook with 80GB internal HD and one 250GB LaCie external HD as a Time Machine. Now, i only use 120GB of that for backups, so i thought i'd do a partition to get some extra space.
    However i don't know if making that partition will erase the contents of my Time Machine.

    Any one who could shed me some light?
  2. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    Normally, using Disk Utility, partitioning will format (erase) the drive. I think there is at least one 3rd party utility that can do it non-destructively. Boot Camp Assistant also does it (formats the partition for Windows and I'm not sure if it would work for reformat that as HFS+).

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