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    Exclamation Restoring a disk to one volume?
    When I was installing Leopard, I decided to create a separate partition for it, since I still wanted to use Tiger at the time. Now I've decided that I no longer wish to use Tiger, and I was wondering how I would be able to restore my hard drive to one volume (i.e. delete the Tiger partition) with Leopard's Disk Utility. I backed up all of my personal stuff from Tiger and scrapped the installation, but I remain stuck with two partitions. A small one with Leopard, and a separate volume that is just labeled as "Free Space" now. I apologize if this is a rather basic question, but I'm not very familiar with stuff like this.

    Thanks in advance.

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    i would also like to know how to delete a partition using disk util...
    I have a 'free space' partition taking up 1.5GB of my hdd

    Also, my disk utility 'graphical partition table' is really messed up
    Here take a look....
    and then when i drag my Macintosh HD partition to fill up the free space, everything gets distorted
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    Have you got a time machine back-up of your disk?

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    I don't know of a way to restore to a single partition with Disk Utility. I think you would need a third party utility like iPartition to do so without losing existing data.
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    can you back up to an external using time machine

    run leopard install again and do a disk format and fresh install.

    You can then use Leopards migration assistant to restore your set up from the TM back-up

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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    can you back up to an external using time machine

    run leopard install again and do a disk format and fresh install.

    You can then use Leopards migration assistant to restore your set up from the TM back-up
    Thanks, I think I'll just do that.

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    Did you try using "diskutil resizeVolume" command. This will change the partition non-destructively.

    First go to disk utility and delete windows partition. Once you do that you might get an option to drag the leopard partition straight away till the end making it full partition. If that doesn't work, once you have deleted the windows partition, open Terminal and fire following command:

    diskutil list

    It will list all the partitions with the disk identifiers. If you have successfully deleted windows partition from disk utility, you would see only one entry for leopard with the current size of the partition (not the full size of disk). Note the disk label (something like disk0s1 etc). Now fire below command.

    sudo diskutil resizeVolume <disklabel> <full size of the disk>

    This should restore it back to the single volume. let me know the results.

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