Does A Hard Disk Need To Be Blank To Partition

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Please let me know.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    osakansosakans Posts: 45member
    No, it doesn't need to be blank to partition it, but as far as I know (unless you're willing to run really big risks), there's no way to re-partition a hard drive under any MacOS without losing the data on it. FWB Hard Disk Toolkit claims to do this, but I had such bad luck with that program that I wrote it off (note to self -- don't believe the claims in FWB promotional materials).



    There are Windows programs that can do this for Windows drives.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,261member
    No. Contents are deleted while partitioning.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    cosmonutcosmonut Posts: 4,872member
    It's 6 of one, half-a-dozen of the other, but isn't it the necessary formatting AFTER the partitioning that actually wipes out the info.?



    Kind of like "it's not the fall that kills you, it's the sudden stop at the end." <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
  • Reply 4 of 7
    pevepeve Posts: 518member
    data will be lost if you partition your harddrive.



    but, as harddrive's get cheaper and cheaper i don't understand the point in partition's.

    if the disk goes bad - the data on both partition's are lost.



    unless... you own a imac... or a ibook... or a powerbook...



    ok! ok!

    forget it!
  • Reply 5 of 7
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,261member
    [quote]Originally posted by CosmoNut:

    <strong>It's 6 of one, half-a-dozen of the other, but isn't it the necessary formatting AFTER the partitioning that actually wipes out the info.?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Well, I was thinking along these lines:



    1. Buddy clicks "Partition".



    2. Buddy's data goes bye-bye.



    3. Buddy scratches head. &lt;insert flies buzzing&gt;



  • Reply 6 of 7
    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    no
  • Reply 7 of 7
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by murbot

    Quote:

    Originally posted by CosmoNut:

    <strong>It's 6 of one, half-a-dozen of the other, but isn't it the necessary formatting AFTER the partitioning that actually wipes out the info.?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Well, I was thinking along these lines:



    1. Buddy clicks "Partition".



    2. Buddy's data goes bye-bye.



    3. Buddy scratches head. &lt;insert flies buzzing&gt;







    4. Buddy calls Einstein Express to get yesterday's hard drive back.
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