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  1. #1

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    Feb 14, 2007
    Partioned harddrive
    When I got my G4 about 5 years ago, I had a partitoned harddrive so that I could run both OS9 & OSx. I recently updated my OSx to Tiger, and no longer use os9, so wanted to utilise that space it's taking up. I want to unpartition the harddrive, but not sure if that's possible without losing all the stuff I've installed for OSx (something I don't want to do). Is it possible?

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    Oct 27, 2006
    If you used Disk Utility, which is most likely, then you have to backup everything and reformat to get one partition. If that is a deal breaker, then just delete everything on the System 9 partition and use the space for storage. It will be somewhat inflexible and annoying, but that is the only choice I know of short of reformatting.

    But it shouldn't be a problem because you have a full backup of your entire hard drive... right?!:bomb:

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    Perhaps it might be best to simply reformat the partition to HFS+ and call it a day? This makes the space available to you, albiet as another logical drive. However, it is all available at that time, and perhaps you could move one logical chunk of your personal stuff (perhaps your iTunes library) to it?

    There is even a minimal advantage to this setup - if your main OS X disk ever gets logically corrupted, the files you have placed over on the second partition will be safe and sound. A minor advantage, given that Mac OS X doesn't seem inclined to corrupt volumes very often, but still an advantage.
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    Member Since
    Feb 14, 2007
    thanks for you replies. I think I'll go with mac57s suggestion. cheers

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