Sunday, July 29, 2007

Lossless same-drive Mac HD Repartition, part 2

A while ago I explained how I did repartition my iMac hard drive. Then came WWDC, and with it I got the Leopard beta. Being in SF, without access to my iMac, I decided that I had to repartition my MacBook hard disk, so I could install Leopard and follow the sessions correctly.

Using my own post, I followed the different instructions. At repartition time, everytime I executed "diskutil resizeVolume ..." I got an error message about not having enough space. My MacBook's HD had been almost full, but I had freed 26Gb in order to make a new 20Gb partition. Clearly, it was not the disk space. It was also clear that my disk was probably highly fragmented and that diskutil was unable to allocate 20 contiguous gigabytes for my new partition.

I found an app called iDefrag. After some tests, I told it to defrag my drive with the default options. I took like 45 minutes to complete the whole process. I then retried the "diskutil resizeVolume ...". This time it worked perfectly.


Anonymous said...

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Pedro said...

Hello Jason,

We are sorry about all the hassle, but we have been trying to contact you repeatedly, from several different email accounts. This is frustrating, because obviously our emails are not reaching you.

Could you please mail us with one of your alternate email addresses, so that we can resend your license again?

Our business relies solely on customer satisfaction and word of mouth, so I can confirm you that we answer to all our users, paying or not.

Thanks a lot for your purchase.

Xslimmer Team

Pedro said...

Hi again,

I've just typed a message using a telnet connection from my main mail server to port 25 of yours. I got an error message: "550 Administrative prohibition", but no bounced email. Could you please provide some hint as to what type of rule might be causing this, or if there's something we can do to solve it?

As stated, we have also tried to reach you from several other email accounts using standard procedures.



Karl P said...

Well, admittedly, the emailing is fascinating;

The article on non-destructive resizing was both useful and fun. Thanks!