Now, I don't mind y'all snickering at this, but I've never partitioned a HD in my life. And here I am with this sweet 20 GB HD, which I defragged over the weekend. Ooohhhhhh it did feel like it took the entire weekend. So, if I partition Larry (yeah, I name my drives), would this mean I'd only need to defrag the partition that I keep my working files on? Saving myself hours of down time? I'm thinking the answer is yes. Any downside to partitioning? Is it a dangerous operation in the hands of one who's never done it before?<br><br>OH GAWD THIS IS SO LIBERATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>[color:blue]A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men. – W. Wonka</font color=blue>
If you're in OS X the partitioning is a click and a shwing away. "Disk Utility" app in your utility folder will do it in a sec. I've recovered and rewritten all of my OS9 brain cells so I can't remember. I think it was colored pink.<br><br>
One thing he forgot to mention is the fact that you will lose everything you have on that hard drive. But I guess it's empty anyways.<br><br>Partitioning is easy...at least on OS9. I have yet to do it on OSX. How about telling us what OS you are running, then we can help from there.<br><br>I do know that the hard drive cannot be the one you booted from..so you either need to boot off of the CD or onto another hard drive. Start from there..then we can go on.<br><br>
#3805 - 04/19/0210:49 PMThanks, but my feet are getting very cold.
I've got probably 7GB of stuff on my HD right now, and a lot of it is "work in progress". I don't have the time (or courage) for anything but the jobs I have to get out in the next 6 weeks. But I really appreciate your input. I would like to take this up again, but it's gonna have to be after these deadlines that are chewin' at my ankles.<br><br>Thanks again, though.<br><br>[color:blue]A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men. – W. Wonka</font color=blue>
#3808 - 04/20/0202:54 PMRe: A totally Mac post.
I'd agree with Gizmo -- partitioning a 20GB drive really isn't worth it. <br><br>Why not tell us what utility you're using to optimize the disk? I know that Norton Utilities (at least used to) turn on the media verification check by default for SpeedDisk, which increases the time it takes to defrag a disk by many many multiples.<br><br>PlusOptimizer (if you're in OS 8/9) has been the fastest out there in my experience, but it's unable to break a file up, so if you have a 1GB file and only 500MB of free space, it won't be able to move that file and maximize the optimization. Otherwise it's solid.<br><br>Has anyone tried optimizing a disk with Mac OS X on it in Mac OS 9? I'm wonder whether the Mac OS 9 optimize routines would help or hinder OS X performance on such a disk (i.e. if the way the utility rearranges the files is really beneficial to OS X).<br><br>
<HR><br>Has anyone tried optimizing a disk with Mac OS X on it in Mac OS 9? I'm wonder whether ...<HR><br><br>I ran speed disk on a titanium OS9/X from within 9 and the system had so utterly screwed the pooch that it took my IS group two days chanting mantras over it.<br><br>They gave it back to me partitioned 2GB for 9 and 16GB for X. I was bummed but now love the partitoning. (Option hold startup to select is sweet).<br>So I guess I would advise against it. I could be wrong.<br><br>
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I have optimized my X volume using NUM on occasion and haven't had a shred of problems with it. I found though that X really doesn't need to be optimized very often so i haven't bothered in a long while. As for partitioning, 20GB will be just fine as a single partition, dual OS. As far as drives go these days 20GB seems rather small.<br><br>
I've really been happy with it. Haven't messed with NUM for a couple of years now. I really like all the diagnostic options I get with TTP. 'Course, it's been so long since I used NUM, maybe it's improved. But I heard enough horror stories about it, that I was glad to have an alternative.<br><br>Yeah, I'm an ol' die hard 9.0.4 fan. No doubt X is way cool, but for me, it's the "if it ain't broke . . ." routine. My graphite G4 is a couple of years old, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Funny that a 20 GB HD isn't worth the trouble of partitioning. Do we remember when a 1GB HD was dreamy? When 64 MB of RAM was plenty? <br><br>I've always anthropomorphed my Macs. Name 'em, talk to 'em, scream at 'em, love 'em . . . <br><br>Sure, Lea. Give the PC weenies one more reason to think we Mac Heads are a cult. <br><br>[color:blue]A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men. – W. Wonka</font color=blue>
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