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    yosef
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    is it possible to shrink OSX install to make room for Linux?
    I have a 37GB hard drive, which the entire disk allocated for OSX. I was hoping to shrink down this install, leaving maybe 4GB to install Kubuntu linux.
    I got iPartition thinking it would allow me to shrink down the OSX partition. But it doesnt seem able to do it. Probably because Im trying to resize a partition that is in use.
    Any ideas how I could go about shrink my OSX partition to make a little room for linux, but still save my OSX drive. Id rather not have to do a clean reinstall, if possible. Is there a way to create an image of my OSX install, then repartition the disk, and reload the OSX image?
    Thanks for any ideas.

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    You are correct that you can't alter the size of the startup partition with iPartition.

    You can use CarbonCopy Cloner or Super Duper to clone your OS X volume to another device. Then partition your drive and copy the clone back to your new OS X volume.
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    yosef
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    Would it be possible to clone the drive to a device over the network, such a samba share?
    I would be able to use one of the programs mentioned to backup my drive, but, i still wouldnt have a way to respace my partitions. Would I just have to reinstall OSX, but creating a smaller partition, so I would have room for linux, and then after OSX is installed, copy the backup back to the system [i have a feeling this wont go to smoothly if im trying to copy the clone by to an active partition].
    Seems like maybe I'm just better off doing a thorough data backup, and then doing a fresh install?
    Thanks for the help.

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    Again, you can't do this to the startup volume (what you are calling an active partition)

    This is what I do (and have done it often)
    clone my OS X volume to an external firewire drive
    start up from the firewire volume
    erase the internal drive and create 2 partitions on it
    clone the firewire volume back to the OS X partition
    restart using the internal OS X volume

    the 2nd partition would then be available for any use.
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    yosef
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    awesome. thanks for clearing things up. I was totally forgetting that I could boot off the external drive after things are cloned.
    Now the question is should I go thru all the effort just to be able to run linux on a seperate partition (its not as if i -need- it, osx serves me quite well).

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    if you are done then you are. if not, i think you can use iPartition to create a linux partition but you need something called iPartition bootable CD. it is the same software but in different format that let u boot from CD and alter the disk you want to partition.

    have a go at google.

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    hello, you might check out the Ubuntu forums. They have a whole Mac section Linux probably has a way to do what you need on the live install cd.

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