iBook G4: shrink OSX to make room for FreeBSD?
carrch at mac.com
Wed Nov 16 00:34:24 UTC 2011
If you have a Mac running 10.5 or 10.6 and can put the iBook into FireWire target disk mode, then you should be able to live partition the drive.
Disk utility under Mac OS X 10.4 doesn't support live partitioning (although they hacked it in to the Boot Camp Assistant on intel macs.)
Chris via iPhone
On Nov 15, 2011, at 6:53 PM, Torfinn Ingolfsen <torfinn.ingolfsen at broadpark.no> wrote:
> I've tried to get an answer to this question on Mac forums (and other places)without success.
> Perhaps someone reading this mailing list knows the answer?
> I got myself an iBook (used) for cheap, and I want to install FreeBSD on it. But I also want to keep a small partition with OS X on it. The machine cam with OS X 10.4.11 installed on the hard drive, but didn't come with install media.
> So I thought, I'll just shrink the OS X partition (currently there is only one partition on the hard drive) to make room. Well, it turns out that the diskutil method (from OS X) doesn't work on PPC Macs:
> $sudo diskutil resizeVolume disk0s3 limits
> Error obtaining resizing information
> Resizing encountered error Could not modify partition map (-9986) on disk disk0s3 Macintosh HD
> Note: this was done with OS X booted off an external drive (firewire)
> And gparted seems to be only for x86-compatible machines...
> Does anyone know a way to shrink a partition on a PPC Mac?
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