11 Replies Latest reply: Apr 23, 2009 1:18 AM by Zectbumo
BlueX Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
I have a 160 GB Hard drive showing 149.1 GB total in Disk Utility
After I deleted my Windows partition, there has been this open space that can only be filled with a Free Space and can't merge with my original Macintosh HD
Here's a screenshot of my Disk Utility:
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/5080/picture2kcz.png

It's been stuck on Modifying partition map for a long time and I don't think it will end soon.

Anyone have any HD remedies that can solve this issue?

17" 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • kmac1036 Level 4 Level 4 (2,360 points)
    how exactly did you go about this?

    yes, you can delete Boot camp partition, but it's best to do it with the boot camp utility.

    usually after you delete a partition & there's free space available, you can drag the handle (lower right of the partition block) down unil it covers the free space. Click the partition button to finalize.

    also, 149Gb will all you will get with a 160Gb drive after formatting. My 120Gb drive was only 111Gb after HFS+ formatting & my current 250Gb is 232 Gb after formatting, FYI.
  • BlueX Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
    I think I screwed up somewhere after disk utility was stuck partitioning my hard drive and I was forced to quit it
    So now I have this chunk of free space that I can't merge with my original mac os x format
  • BlueX Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
    Alright so I was able to turn the free space into an Untitled 1 Mac OS X Journaled partition.
    Not sure where to go from here.
  • kmac1036 Level 4 Level 4 (2,360 points)
    BlueX wrote:
    Alright so I was able to turn the free space into an Untitled 1 Mac OS X Journaled partition.
    Not sure where to go from here.


    How & what did you do this with?

    You likely just wiped the drive...
  • BlueX Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
    I erased what was originally there, which was another copy of Mac OS X, then I erased it through Disk Utility
    Then I just pressed that add button to create Untitled 1
    It said partition complete so now I'm just trying to find a way to merge the two partitions.
  • BlueX Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
    Everything that should allow me to merge the two partitions is grayed out.
    Not sure what else I can do
  • BlueX Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
    http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/5316/picture1qvu.png

    Here's what I'm left with so far. I decided to just delete the former volume that occupied the free space.
    As you can see, I cannot expand the Macintosh HD to fit over the entire startup disk.

    Anyone have the slightest idea what I can do to fix this?
  • BlueX Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
    I'm not sure what to do anymore so I'm gonna try to delete EVERYTHING and try to start fresh

    Making a backup on my Time Capsule right now

    Somehow I have a feeling this won't work...
  • BlueX Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
    It's going to take roughly 12 hours for my backup to finish, meanwhile does anyone think that booting Disk Utility off the Leopard DVD will work in any way?
  • S.U. Level 6 Level 6 (8,360 points)
    Somehow my last response to you didn't get posted. Once you do your backup, see if you can use Kappy's instructions to get back to a single partition:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1885474&tstart=60

    What I had tried to post earlier was to see if you could highlight the unwanted partition and then use the size window to reduce the size to zero. It looked like that option might be open. If you can do that, you might be able to expand the OS X partition the same way. I notice that your unwanted partition is shaded gray rather than white. I experimented a bit with adding and deleting partitions on my internal hard drive and had no problem, but all the partitions were white and not gray.

    Before restoring from Time Machine, be sure that you can format the drive the way you want. Someone posted earlier that you may have to use Windows to get rid of a windows partition, and I think I've heard of that before.

    Good luck!
  • Zectbumo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    BlueX wrote:
    It's going to take roughly 12 hours for my backup to finish, meanwhile does anyone think that booting Disk Utility off the Leopard DVD will work in any way?


    backing up is always a good idea when you are working with partitions.

    I had a similar situation, but my partitions were in reverse order. I had the empty partition on the end and data at the start of the drive. I was able to merge my partitions using Terminal.
    I booted up on my Leopard DVD opened up Terminal
    I did:
    diskutil mergePartitions "Journaled HFS+" "Macintosh HD" /dev/disk0s2 /dev/disk0s3

    That did the trick for me. I'm all on one partition with no data loss or without having to restore from backup.

    Careful though, because I don't think this would work given that your empty space is at the start of the drive.

    The instructions say this:
    "All data on merged partitions _other than the first_ will be lost."