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I'm somewhat proficient with computers, but not a real techie. How to partition my OS 10.5.8 hard drive before upgrading to OS 10.6.3?

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I bought the upgrade for 10.6.3 from Apple a while back.  Now getting ready to install the new OS.  Backed up everything onto Lacie Rugged mini yesterday.


In trying to prepare to do this properly, I saw in one discussion, that it would be a good idea to partition my disc, so that I can still access it if something goes wrong or if my apps won't work with the upgrade.  I plan on taking it to the next level after this install, which for my computer is 10.7 Lion.


Can someone help me with a step by step approach.  I know I have to access through disk utility, but don't want to mess anything up.  Thanks for the help.


Here's the info about my computer


Hardware Overview:


  Model Name:    MacBook

  Model Identifier:    MacBook4,1

  Processor Name:    Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:    2.4 GHz

  Number Of Processors:    1

  Total Number Of Cores:    2

  L2 Cache:    3 MB

  Memory:    2 GB

  Bus Speed:    800 MHz

  Boot ROM Version:    MB41.00C1.B00

  SMC Version (system):    1.31f1

  Serial Number (system):    W88157FW0P1

  Hardware UUID:    E65A8BB4-183A-5D77-80DE-AA59D2A010AF

  Sudden Motion Sensor:

  State:    Enabled


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Disk Description :    FUJITSU MHY2160BH Media   

Total Capacity :    149.1 GB (160,041,885,696 Bytes)

Connection Bus :    Serial ATA 2    Write Status :    Read/Write

Connection Type :    Internal    S.M.A.R.T. Status :    Verified

         Partition Map Scheme :    GUID Partition Table


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------


Mount Point :    /   

Capacity :    148.7 GB (159,697,911,808 Bytes)

Format :    Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Available :    68.5 GB (73,518,301,184 Bytes)

Owners Enabled :     Yes                 Used :    80.3 GB (86,179,610,624 Bytes)

Number of Folders :    194,485    Number of Files :    875,734


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