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One way to format a disk for Linux on a Mac Storage Devices
At present there is no method native to 10.6 Snow Leopard to format a drive with a Linux filesystem such as EXT2 or EXT3. This hint uses a bootable open-source Linux CD-ROM running the gparted application in order to format and partition these and many other filesystems.

To create a bootable CD that you can use to manipulate Linux-formatted drive volumes, take the following steps.
  1. Download the latest version of gparted-live -- make sure to get the ISO disk image.
  2. Burn the ISO to a CD using Disk Utility. This CD will boot your Mac into an open source Linux OS. Nothing in OS X or on your hard drive is changed, and you don't need to use Boot Camp or any emulation software.
  3. To boot into the CD, select it in the Startup Disk System Preferences pane and then restart. Warning! Use a USB keyboard and mouse, as this Linux OS cannot handle Bluetooth wireless.
  4. Be somewhat amazed as your Mac reboots and Unix code streams down the page. There are a couple of prompts for input along the way, before you arrive in the GUI of the OS.
  5. The gparted (Gnome Partition Editor) software launches automatically, and you can select any mounted volume for information and manipulation, and many filesystems are supported. There is extensive online documentation and support for this software.
  6. Be very careful! Formatting deletes all your data, so obviously the usual precautions about backing up apply. Be sure to select the correct volume on which to make any changes!
  7. Shut down when you have finished. Warning! Your Mac may not respond to the alt (option) key when you restart and you may have to manually eject the CD before you can reboot into OS X.
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One way to format a disk for Linux on a Mac
Authored by: Kobalt on Dec 01, '09 08:27:24AM

And to follow on : is there a way to read/write ext2/ext3 file format in Mac OS 10.6 ?
I've looked at ext2fsx but it is no longer supported and doesn't install on OS 10.6.

And, should I add : Linux can handle Bluetooth wireless devices, Gparted-Live does not.

Thanks.



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One way to format a disk for Linux on a Mac
Authored by: andrew112358 on Dec 01, '09 08:39:42AM

Macfuse with the fuse-ext2 plugin should work, although I can't say that I've tried it myself.



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Version of gparted for Mac OS?
Authored by: Fanglord on Dec 01, '09 11:14:10AM

"4. Be somewhat amazed as your Mac reboots and Unix code streams down the page. There are a couple of prompts for input along the way, before you arrive in the GUI of the OS."

Or, just hold down <command> - V or S while booting your mac and watch Unix code stream down the page. People often forget that Mac OS X *is* a Unix-based operating system...

Is there a version of gparted that's been compiled for Mac OS X?



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One way to format a disk for Linux on a Mac
Authored by: gvitale on Dec 02, '09 01:51:23AM

Nice hint!
A word of caution: though gparted is very reliable, it plays at high level with the disk partition table, so backup anything important before you start…



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