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MacBook Pro - I can't partition my hard drive.


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Help! I can not partition any drive that is on my MacBook Pro or any external HDD. I have a 160 GB HDD that came standard on my notebook. I have 76.44 GB free on that disk. When I try to partition even 8 GB on my disk a message pops up and it says :

Partition Failed

Partition Failed with the error:

No space left on device

If there is a way to fix this, I will be super happy and thankful!

Ps: I have tried this on my Install disk as well and I receive the same error.


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G'day and welcome to the forums.

Have a look at this link and see if it helps:-

How to Dual Partition a MacBook Pro with MacOS and Solaris : Paul Mitchell

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Thank you Harry,

In the link you provided, Instruction number 2 says
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Create the new Solaris partition. Actually create a Windows partition and we will recreate a Solaris2 Partition later.
The problem with this, is that I am not able to create any partition. Mac, Windows, or even plain Free Space. And under that, it tells me to go to Netinfo Manager, but I do not have that application.

Do you have another suggestion?

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Have you run Verify/Repair Disk and Verify/Repair Permissions in Disk Utility?

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What are the steps u r using to partition your HD? What OS? What app 4 partitioning? etc
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Have you run Verify/Repair Disk and Verify/Repair Permissions in Disk Utility?
CWA107, I ran all four while logged on the internal HDD and using the Install Disk.

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Collin, I Am using the Disk Utility that comes standard on every Mac. I am using Leopard 10.5.8. I am going to Disk Utility, Click on my HDD and then on Partition. I then click on the '+' sign at the bottom, Click on the new partition space, then click in the Size box, enter 8 and hit enter. I then click on Apply. It does the whole 'Modifying partition map' and after a minute or so, a message pops up saying that there is no space left on device.

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Just out of curiosity are you doing this while you are in OSX?
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Just out of curiosity are you doing this while you are in OSX?
I have done it while in OSX and while using the Install Disk. I did this on the Install Disk not 20 minutes ago and I get the same message.

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Interesting. My next step would be to do a filesystem repair.

Start your Mac in Single User Mode (press and hold Command+S at startup). Once at the command prompt, type:

/sbin/fsck -f

...then press Return. If no errors are corrected, simply type exit. If there are, run it again until it returns no errors.

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Is that the same as Verify/Repair Disk Permissions?

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No. It's a lot more thorough.

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Ok, I'll do it now and see what it says. How long does it normally take?

Edit: I was not able to do this. Is there a way to start-up in Single User mode going through Terminal?

Edit 2: Found out I had to turn off the Firmware Password Utility. Ok, so I logged in under the Single User Mode, typed in what I had to, but it came back with no problems. What do I do now?

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