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Thank you, again.

I can adjust the size of a partition at initial setup, along with the number, by using Mac Utility>Partitions. But not now, doing what I want. I can't add space to an existing partition that has data, yes. 

I'm shopping for new drives, although they've gotten less expensive for the storage, it's still not what I wanted to do today. 
If I had the time and energy, I'd consolidate all my various external hard drives into one RAID system. In a world that was perfect.  while in haste, I may just drag and drop the important files, and deal with this when I get back in town. 

I'm looking at LaCie and Seagate and OWC-mercury Elite AL Pro (got one of those that I"m using now).. I've had several Hitachi's that were/are quite good. But I just keep making them redundant so if one finally goes it won't be disastrous. 

Cheers! and thanks again,
Linda
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On Apr 1, 2014, at 10:53 AM, Karen Ackoff wrote:

> I'm clear how you are trying to re-size partitions. 
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> First of all, you cannot adjust partitions with data on the drives. You'd have to wipe the drive completely, and then reset your partition(s). I don't know that you can specifically set the size of a partition, but you can choose the number of partitions for a particular drive. But this must be done at the initial set up. 
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> If you want to keep the old Time Machine backups, unplug the drive and plug in a different drive. Keep the old drive as an archive, and set up the Time Machine for the new drive.
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> As for drives… I cannot stand Western Digital, though they are popular and generally cheap. I usually use LaCie, and they've been reliable, except for one drive (and I suspect it overheated over time because I had it mounted extremely close to another drive; I suspect it didn't cool sufficiently although it did take years for the drive to fail). 
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> K
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> On Apr 1, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> For those who use Mac Time machine, I wondered why one cannot resize the partitions in an external drive?
>> I am consulting to the knowledgebase online. I have an external HD with two partitions. The MAC Disk Utility will not all me to re-size the volumes. I'm about half full (with old backups) and I'd like to resize the partitions, or eliminate the one that was first created and has nothing on it. 
>> But it won't let me do that.
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>> I understand that TM will erase the old backups when it reaches full (when set on automatic), and copy over the new backups. I use a manual backup.  One place said just to delete and reformat the hard drive back to one partition. But I'm a bit hesitant to lose any complete backup of the whole Mac system.
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>> Just wondered if this was a common thing (not being able to resize the partitions.) 
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>> I might have to shop for another external drive, and would also appreciate any brands that are new and proven reliable. I've got OWC, Hitachis, Maxtors. 
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>> thanks
>> Linda
>> _____________________
>> Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
>> P.O. Box 325
>> Hereford, AZ 85615
>> (520) 803-0538
>> www.lindafeltner.com
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