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Disk Utility, why can't you do that...
Authored by: Pedro Estarque on Apr 07, '06 10:49:56AM

I know this is sort of a change of subject but if boot camp can create and delete a partition seamlessly, why can't DiskUtility? Why must we still reformat our drive just to change the partition scheme if Boot Camp just proved that it can be done?



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Disk Utility, why can't you do that...
Authored by: syzygies on Apr 07, '06 11:00:06AM

For that matter, no one mentions above that Boot Camp insists on using the internal drive. Many of us boot our minis externally for speed; we're all waiting for the other shoe to drop on accessing the internal SATA connector, and using the mini as a mere component in a custom system.

So who's going to write the hint on tricking Boot Camp into using external partitions?

I'm happy to have Boot Camp play with its food, and diddle my internal drive, then trick it in a later step into instead using an external partition configured by Disk Utility. My internal drive is basically untouched, containing the shipped disk image and a few files that ended up there by accident. No backups needed!



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Disk Utility, why can't you do that...
Authored by: sjk on Apr 07, '06 01:37:52PM
Non-destructive resizing can be done using diskutil from the command line:
% diskutil resizeVolume
Disk Utility Tool
Usage:  diskutil resizeVolume [Mount Point|Disk Identifier|Device Node] size
          ...
Non-destructively resize a disk. You may increase or decrease its size.
When decreasing size, you may optionally supply a list of new partitions to create.
Ownership of the affected disk is required.
Valid partition sizes are in the format of .
Valid sizes are B(ytes), K(ilobytes), M(egabytes), G(igabytes), T(erabytes)
Example: 10G (10 gigabytes), 4.23T (4.23 terabytes), 5M (5 megabytes)
resizeVolume is only supported on GPT media with a Journaled HFS+ filesystem.
A size of "limits" will print the range of valid values for the current filesystem.
Example: diskutil resizeVolume disk1s3  10G
         JHFS+ HDX1 5G MS-DOS HDX2 5G
Valid filesystems: "Case-sensitive HFS+" "Journaled HFS+" "Case-sensitive Journaled HFS+"
"HFS+" "HFS" "MS-DOS FAT32" "MS-DOS FAT16" "MS-DOS" "MS-DOS FAT12" "UFS" "Linux" "Swap"

No Intel Macs here so I haven't tried it. I've recently resized volumes on PPC Macs using iPartition.

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Disk Utility, why can't you do that...
Authored by: sjk on Apr 07, '06 01:50:09PM
Disk Utility, why can't you do that...
Authored by: Pedro Estarque on Apr 07, '06 02:24:16PM

But why Intel only ?



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