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boudewijn
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:24 pm    Post subject: Resize partitions on iBook to create space for real OS Reply with quote

Hi,

I might be buying an iBook in a few weeks (the medium version --> 14.1" without dvd burner). I wondered whether it's possible to resize the default OS X partitions (without messing it up, I'd like to take a look first) to about 30gig, and then create some ext3 partition (for my Gentoo Stage 1 :lol: ).


Is this possible? (I know there's partitionmagic for x86, but I don't know wether this is possible for Mac FS's too and I prefer free (as in speech, beer would be nice too) software).
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently buyed an ibook. What I did was:
- erased mac os x partition, created 4 partitions (/, /home, swap and mac os X)
- installed gentoo
- configured yaboot
- installed mac os X (it's very easy, just next next next finish ;-) ) and you have the same when it was pre-installed.

Over a couple of months I will erase also the mac os X partition, because I don't use this OS more.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Parted can be used to resize HFS+ partitions.

The only special consideration is that you need to boot into OS X first, and use Disk Utility to turn off journaling, reboot into Gentoo LiveCD, use parted to resize, and then reboot into OS X and turn journaling back on if you're into the wholee journaling thing. ;-)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

allrigth, i'll take a shot next month .

OT:

Is this a good moment to buy a 14" iBook (without dvdr, got some plextors in my x86's) ?
Will there be developments which will lower the prices in short time?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not believe we will see a G5 soon, especially in the ibook line.
What other major evolution should we expect ?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, so parted's docs say that you can't resize HFS partitions. What's correct? And what commands would you use to resize OS X's partitions?

And here's the output from parted "print".

Code:
livecd root # parted
GNU Parted 1.6.10
Copyright (C) 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This program is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY
WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more details.

Using /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc
(parted) print                                                           
Disk geometry for /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc: 0.000-76319.085 megabytes
Disk label type: mac
Minor    Start       End     Filesystem  Name                  Flags
1          0.000      0.031              Apple                 
3        128.031  76319.081  hfs+        Untitled             
(parted)


I take this to mean that between .031 MB and 128.031 MB, there is nothing. Can I stick an ext3 /boot partition in there and make my root and swap partitions -after- the OS X partition on the disk?
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