Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2013 10:57 AM (in response to Keith Worsley-Brown)
You can do that, of course, but if you do I suggest you partition off a chunk of that space to devote to your FC needs.
To resize the drive do the following:
1. Open Disk Utility and select the drive entry (mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list.
2. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window. You should see the graphical sizing window showing the existing partitions. A portion may appear as a blue rectangle representing the used space on a partition.
3. In the lower right corner of the sizing rectangle for each partition is a resizing gadget. Select it with the mouse and move the bottom of the rectangle upwards until you have reduced the existing partition enough to create the desired new volume's size. The space below the resized partition will appear gray. Click on the Apply button and wait until the process has completed. (Note: You can only make a partition smaller in order to create new free space.)
4. Click on the [+] button below the sizing window to add a new partition in the gray space you freed up. Give the new volume a name, if you wish, then click on the Apply button. Wait until the process has completed.
You should now have a new volume on the drive.
It would be wise to have a backup of your current system as resizing is not necessarily free of risk for data loss. Your drive must have sufficient contiguous free space for this process to work.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2013 11:29 AM (in response to Kappy)
Kappy, thank you, that is very helpful. The only thing I'm not sure about is at th eend where you say I should have a back-up of my current system. That's a lot of memory, and aren't we then still dependant on an extl device? Would I do better to buy another ext HD and not mess around with the intl. HD? I'm going to do a lot more duplicate backing up in future as I don't trust the extl HDs now. Keith
Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2013 11:42 AM (in response to Keith Worsley-Brown)
You always need a backup in case something goes awry. HDDs and SSDs will eventually fail. Having a backup is simply common sense.
You would be better using an external drive for use with FC, but you asked about using the internal drive instead. I don't know what Mac model you have since you have not provided that information nor what version of OS X you are running. But if your computer has FW800 ports, then that should be fast enough to use.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2013 11:50 AM (in response to Kappy)
Thanks Kappy. I tried to update my profile, but the new info did not go through. Do these user profiles run across all discussion forums? I updated it for posts to iMovie and GarageBand? I have iMac27 running with 10.8.3.
I have another question related to the advisability of switching to FCP X but I'll start a separate thread for that.
I appreciate your insights and advice, plus quick responses, thank you. Best wishes, Keith