Have you ever created partition in your Mac? Well if you never tried then here is a simple method by which you can create partition in Mac OS X. Basically partition is done by two methods. In the first method we changed the partition scheme while in the second method we haven’t change the partition scheme. Let us check both of the methods one by one.
Create Partition In Mac by Changing the Partition Scheme
To create partition from your Startup disk, you need the Mac OS X install CD. If you are not using the startup disk for the process then follow the following process.
- Open “Utilities” from your “Applications” folder and then double click “Disk Utility”. Or you can directly reach to Utilities by Clicking on “Go” in Menu bar on your desktop.
- Select the drive in the left column in which you want to create partition.
- Now in the right pane click the “Partition” tab to start the partition process.
- Select the number of partitions from the drop-down menu under the “Volume Scheme”. Select at least one partition which is required for basic installation of Mac OS X.
- Now adjust the partition sizes by dragging the handle representing the borders of partitions.
- To set the properties, click on each partition and select the file system which you want to use present under the “Volume Information”.
- Now to change partition scheme, click “Options”. Select “GUID Partition Table” if you are going to use the disk for an Intel based Mac or select “Apple Partition Map” if you wish to use the disk to start up a Power PC based Mac, or “Master Boot Record” if the disk is to be used with Windows.
- When you are done with the above changes, click “Apply”.
- As soon as you click Apply, a pop up will appear asking to cancel the process or Partition as mentioned. Click on “Partition” to continue the process.
That’s it you are done with the process of creating partition in your Mac with changes to partition scheme. This method can be used to Mac OS X 10.4 and earlier or 10.5 and later. Now we will check the process of creating partition where you don’t wish to change the partition scheme.
Create Partition In Mac Without Changing Partition Scheme
- Open Application folder and go to Utilities. Now double click Disk Utility.
- In the left column, select the drive which you would like to initialize or partition.
- Now in the right pane, click on the partition tab.
- Adjust the partition sizes by dragging the handle representing the borders of partitions. You can also add or remove partitions by clicking “+” (plus) or “-“ (minus) sign.
- Assign the file type to each partition and if you wish then you can also rename it accordingly.
- Click Apply when you are done with changes.
This is how you can create partition in Mac without changing partition scheme. The above method is applicable for Mac OS X 10.5 or later.