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How to expand the first partition of a disc

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Apr 29, 2012 2:10 PM

I know how to add, remove and expand partitions on a hard disc using Disk Utility, but having removed the third of four partitions, I want to increase the size of the first one to make use of the space.  But I can't as partition two is right next to it.

 

Is this possible to do this withing having to erase the third partition first?

 

Eg. I started with this:

 

[---ONE---][--TWO--][--THREE--][--FOUR--]

 

I removed partition three.

 

[---ONE---][--TWO--][--EMPTY--][--FOUR--]

 

..and now I want to increase partition one.  Expanding two is easy!

 

Any ideas?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 20"
  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    Resizing partitions was not possible prior to Leopard, now it is, but work carefully. First of all, backup all your essential data. Secondly, in my experience, you cannot do that directly, as increasing size is blocked by the 2nd partitions. As far as I remember from my last similar attempt, the last but one partition could be resized, by deleting the last one, never otherwise.

    If you have a succession of 4 partitions, I am afraid you must delete the one close to the first.

    Secondly, working with so many partitions is not practical at all, because you can never guess what you need on each of it, and when one becomes full. Why do you have so many partitions? Two make sense, but four? why for?

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    Talking about pre-release software is not allowed here.

    As for your 4 partitions, reconsider the issue, and choose 2, at the most. As you may easily see, this complicates your life, does not simplify it.

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