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john_s 02-09-2008 04:47 PM

Resizing Boot Camp partitions in Leopard
 
I have a MacBook Pro 15" with Leopard. I have boot camp 1.4 with Windows Vista Home Premium (have not upgraded it yet). I want to upgrade it to boot camp 2.0 with my Leopard install disk. Now for the question.

I have the partitions to 32GB FAT partition for Vista and the rest (160GB - 32GB) for Leopard. I want to make them both 80GB. I have no data on any of the operating systems, because this is a new computer (Tiger, Boot Camp 1.4, Vista Premium, upgraded from Tiger to Leopard using flatpack). I also have install disks for both operating systems. I know there is a way to do it by wiping my hard drive, but is there an easier way? It is fine if I have to buy any 3rd party software to do it (iPartition??). I'm very confused. (and a newbie)

Thanks in advance.

Lifeisabeach 02-09-2008 06:27 PM

Pick up iPartition. It's more robust than Apple's Disk Utility.
http://www.coriolis-systems.com/iPartition.php

john_s 02-09-2008 10:29 PM

will that non-destructively resize the partitions? and does it woork with ntfs?

bobtomay 02-10-2008 12:45 AM

You want to:
A. Resize both partitions
B. Install Leopard
C. Change the Windows partition from FAT32 to NTFS

The absolute easiest way to do all this is to wipe the drive and just start over again. By the time you find and figure out how to use any 3rd party software to do all of that, you could have finished wiping and re-installing everything at least twice.

Lifeisabeach 02-10-2008 07:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by john_s (Post 591520)
will that non-destructively resize the partitions? and does it woork with ntfs?

Yes. All that information is on the link that I provided for you.

EORI 02-10-2008 02:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobtomay (Post 591579)
The absolute easiest way to do all this is to wipe the drive and just start over again. By the time you find and figure out how to use any 3rd party software to do all of that, you could have finished wiping and re-installing everything at least twice.

bobtomay: In doing a complete reinstall, do you know if it is possible to use Time Machine to reinstall the Mac side of the partition to it's current state? I've investigated iPartition, but given how infrequently I would need to make changes to my partition, the $50 price seems rather steep.

bobtomay 02-10-2008 03:08 PM

If you have a current Time Machine back up - yes...

Insert the Leopard DVD - Double click on the Mac OS X install icon, and then click Restart.

The installer will start upon re-boot, then from the Utilities menu, select Restore System from Backup. You'll then choose the volume that contains your Time Machine backup.

There are some good directions on the Leopard disk. Put it in and double click on it. Then open the Instructions folder. Then open the Install & Setup Guide. What you're looking for is on page 12 starting with Restoring Your System.

If you're wanting to use NTFS for your windows partition and have anything you need from it also backed up, I would recommend restoring your drive to a single volume for the OS X install. Just to alleviate any possible problems later on.

EORI 02-10-2008 04:23 PM

Thanks for the detailed information.


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