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    iMac G3 noob.
    hi all. have just bought a imac g3 of ebay. was cheap at 21. it works and everything but it is a bit slow. it is currently running mac os 9. 30gb hard drive. 256mb ram.

    See i bought a new(used) hard drive for it. just a 120gb one cause i know that the max is 128gb. well it was already formatted. and i know now that i need to partition it. but i am not sure how? i mean it is already formatted.

    Any help on how i can partition it would be of much help!

    Kind Regards


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    You can install the HD to the computer then boot the imac into the OSX disc. Then open disk utility and it gives you all the options for formatting, partitioning etc.

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    There really is no need to partition unless you just want to, or you're planning on installing more than one OS.
    Just install and go...
    You say it is already formatted? With what? If this is a new drive, probably FAT32 or NTFS for Windows.
    You may need to reformat it to HFS to install OS 9.

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    What OS are going to install. If its never had OSX on the machine and you install a clean HD you may run into firmware issues. The boot rom has to be 4.19 before you install OSX.

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