12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 28, 2008 4:34 PM by kindkind1
kindkind1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
I am trying to resize my osx partition so i can implement a triple boot. I have an 80gb drive in my macbook - osx uses 43.57GB out of 60GB and xp 20GB GB. I attempted to use this code in terminal:

diskutil resizeVolume disk0s2 56G "Linux" "Linux" 14G
then it says:

Resizing encountered error The underlying task reported failure on exit (-9972) on disk0s2 Macintosh HD

how should i attempt this? is my code correct?

  • kindkind1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    actually i entered 4G not 14 for the command.
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,495 points)

    I'd repair the disk using Disk Utility while booted from an install disk.
  • kindkind1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    hey there.
    i can give that a shot...so that will allow me to resize the partitions without erasing?
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)

    You cannot resize partitions without destroying data in Tiger, unless you use specialized software. There are several utilities, but the only one that I know to work successfully is DriveGenius. Fortunately DriveGenius is also an excellent directory utility and does several other tasks.

    Good luck.

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,495 points)
    kindkind1 wrote:
    .....so that will allow me to resize the partitions without erasing?

    err No, not directly; the repair disk (hopefully) will repair any issues with the data structure on the disk, which is what usually gives the error you got.
  • kindkind1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    I tried with disk util off the tigerDVD but it didnt appear to have any repartitioning features that wont erase whats there.
    but i am curious about that terminal command. The command doesnt give a command error, it seems to give it a go but there is something else wrong.

    Drive genius wont work for me as i already have a windows part. I know ipartition should do what i want - can anyone name any others? is there a shell command?

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  • kindkind1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    alright, i am repairing with DG now.
    so if this repair should allow the terminal to complete my command, is it a good idea to run while sitting there in the osx volume i plan to repartition? or should i do it from my saved clone boot drive i made with Superduper! would it be the same command - disk0s2 in the terminal?

    thanks evermore

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  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)

    Volume Works


  • kindkind1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    thanks for volume works Cornelius but after my super duper purchase and my drivegenius purchase i am hoping to use the diskutil if possible. I have heard that it works, but perhaps on on leopard machines. The code i was given:
    *diskutil resizeVolume disk0s2 56G "Linux" "Linux" 4G*

    if this is a valid command for tiger, should i run it from a different bootdisk and if so would the command still be disk0s2?

    I have been looking around a while now and i see references to using the sudo command but im not sure how i should do it.
    i typed man diskutil into terminal and didnt see anything about "resize" so i just may be out of luck but i want to know for sure, Thanks
  • kindkind1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    i took a look, and i believe that the program behind diskutil is hdiutil.
    please correct me if im wrong.

    in the terminal i typed
    man hdiutil

    and found resize as a command there:
    *resize size_spec image*
    Given a read/write partitioned UDIF, if the last partition is
    Apple_HFS, attempt to resize the partition to the end of the
    image, or to the last used block in the embedded HFS/HFS+
    filesystem (depending on size_spec). resize is often used when
    a device image needs to be shrunken so that the HFS/HFS+ par-
    tition can be converted to CD-R/DVD-R format and still be
    burned. Note that gaps cannot be reclaimed as resize does not
    move data. -fsargs can sometimes be used to minimize filesys-
    tem-generated gaps. resize can also be used to grow a
    filesystem and image without bound.

    hdiutil burn does not burn Apple_Free partitions at the end of
    the devices, so an image with a resized filesystem can be
    burned to create a CD-R/DVD-R master that contains only the
    actual data in the hosted filesystem (assuming minimal data

    Common options: -encryption, -stdinpass, -srcimagekey, -shadow
    with friends, and -plist.

    Size specifiers:
    -size ??b|??k|??m|??g|??t??p|??e
    -sectors sector_count | min | max
    Specify the number of 512 byte sectors to
    which the partition should be resized. If
    this falls outside the min/max values, an
    error will be returned and the partition will
    not be resized. min automatically determines
    the smallest size the partition can be
    resized to and uses that value. max automat-
    ically determines the largest size to which
    the partition can be grown and then uses that

    Other options:
    -imageonly only resize the image file, not the parti-
    tion(s) inside of it. This is the default
    for UDIF images (more partitions can then be
    added in the new free space).
    -partitiononly only resize the partition(s) in the image
    (including their embedded filesystems). This
    is the default for NDIF images. For a newly-
    created SPUD where the partition fills the
    image, the partition can only be shrunk. If
    there is an Apple_Free partition after an
    existing partition, that partition can be
    expanded into the space marked by the
    Apple_Free. Shrinking a partition results in
    a larger Apple_Free partition.
    -partitionNumber partitionNumber
    specifies which partition to resize (UDIF
    only -- see HISTORY below). partitionNumber
    is 0-based, but, per hdiutil pmap, partition
    0 is the partition map itself.

    -growonly only allow the image to grow
    -shrinkonly only allow the image to shrink
    -nofinalgap allow resize to entirely eliminate the trail-
    ing free partition. Such an image restored
    to a hard drive will not boot OS 9 nor will
    it allow OS X to boot on old-world (beige)

    -limits Displays the minimum, current, and maximum
    sizes (in 512 byte sectors) that could be
    passed given possible -imageonly or
    -partitiononly flags. Does not modify the
    -oldlimits behaves like -limits except that it reports
    the stretch sizes that OS X version 10.3
    would have reported (useful if an image needs
    to be used with asr(8) on an older system).


    I still dont know what exactly to enter but now i feel like this could actually work using terminal. any help is appreciated
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,495 points)
    if you enter diskutil resizeVolume in the Terminal w/o any arguments, you'll see a brief manual-type description of function and usage; that is you will on OS X versions that include it. I understand it's how bootcamp manages to create a new partition w/o a complete erase of the disk, so was introduced when bootcamp beta came out.

    Disk Utility Tool
    Usage: diskutil resizeVolume [Mount Point|Disk Identifier|Device Node] size
    <part1Format part1Name part1Size> <part2Format part2Name part2Size> ...
    Non-destructively resize a disk. You may increase or decrease its size.
    When decreasing size, you may optionally supply a list of new partitions to create.
    Ownership of the affected disk is required.
    Valid partition sizes are in the format of <number><size>.
    Valid sizes are B(ytes), K(ilobytes), M(egabytes), G(igabytes), T(erabytes)
    Example: 10G (10 gigabytes), 4.23T (4.23 terabytes), 5M (5 megabytes)
    resizeVolume is only supported on GPT media with a Journaled HFS+ filesystem.
    A size of "limits" will print the range of valid values for the current filesystem.
    Example: diskutil resizeVolume disk1s3 10G
    Valid filesystems: "Case-sensitive HFS+" "Journaled HFS+" "Case-sensitive Journaled HFS+" "HFS+" "HFS" "MS-DOS FAT32" "MS-DOS FAT16" "MS-DOS" "MS-DOS FAT12" "UFS" "Linux" "Swap"

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  • kindkind1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    i got it to work after defragging and repairing with DG, then booting from my FW clone and running a shell with
    *diskutil resizeVolume disk0s2 56.5G MS-DOS "linux" 3.5G*

    my old volume booted up fine and the sizes match.
    now i install refit and hopefully then breeze through the rest of the install