Need Help in Partioning, Gurus Please..

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  1. RazaMH

    RazaMH New Member

    Hey there i am Raza Mehmood Hussain , i wanted your help to create a partition in my microSD of my HTC Desire which has a limited internal memory, i own a macbook pro 13.3" and tried using macbook disk utility but the option of partitioning the microSD even after complete erasing could not be found, any help will be appreciated, macbook has limited softwares as compared to windows and i could not find any software to do the magic.

  2. nicka3200

    nicka3200 Well-Known Member

    Hadron is the Mac expert, but if your phone is rooted & S-OFF you could use 4EXT recovery to partition your card. I would not use any other recoveries to do this & certainly not ROM Manager as the partitions are likely to be misaligned.
  3. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    I don't use the mac to partition sd cards though. What I actually use is a linux virtual machine running on the mac, then run GParted on that (I use VirtualBox to make/run the VM, just because it's free). You could probably download a GParted iso as described in SUroot's guide for doing this in Windows (linked in the Desire All Things Root Guide sticky post - red link in my signature) and make a GParted VM on the Mac. I've never tried that because I want to have linux VMs on the thing anyway, but can't see why it shouldn't work.
  4. RazaMH

    RazaMH New Member

    Thank You for Reply, however i will be very obliged if you write it in a more simplified way, i have very little knowledge of these gadgets :(
  5. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    OK, first thing: I assume that your phone has been rooted? Partitioning won't help at all if not. So if not, visit the Desire All Things Root forum and you'll find links to guides on how to do this in the sticky post Desire All Things Root Guide there. You should also read the "root memory" faq, linked in the same sticky post.

    Assuming you are rooted and the problem is just partitioning your card:

    * Partitioning will almost certainly erase the data currently on the card. So back up everything to your laptop first (including any hidden files and folders, i.e. those whose name starts with ".". Apple are pathetic about this, and don't provide an option to show hidden files in Finder, but there is a way: Show hidden files in Finder. Or do what I do and use terminal commands.

    * If the phone is rooted you will have a custom recovery program (unless you did it a very old-fashioned way). If so, which one (it will say when it starts/at top of screen)? If it is 4Ext recovery you can just use that to partition the card.

    * If it is not 4Ext recovery, then it won't do a good job of partitioning. The Mac's partitioning tool isn't very good, as you've found, so our usual suggestion is GParted. If you have access to linux you probably have this already (in the system tools menu of most linux distributions). Otherwise the simplest is probably to create a virtual machine to run it (if your macbook will boot off a usb stick of CD you could try that instead):
    - download GParted from GParted -- Download. The simplest is probably Download latest gparted-live-0.14.1-6-i486.iso.
    - Download and install VirtualBox.
    - Run VirtualBox and create a new machine. I selected OS type as Linux.
    - I accepted the default size, then to "create a new start-up disk" and accepted the defaults for the following options.
    - Having created the machine, I started it. On first run it asks to select installation media, and here I told it to use the GParted iso I'd downloaded previously.
    - It will go through a very old-style linux boot, and ask a few questions about keyboard and language preferences in the process.
    - Eventually it boots into a simple Graphical User Interface. What you then need to do is connect the phone via usb, fiddle a bit until GParted can see the SD card (/dev/sda will be the virtual machine's own disk space, so don't partition that).

    Once you can do that, you can partition the card as described in the root memory faq (particularly this step) and the video guide to partitioning with GParted.

    Good luck, and don't forget to back everything up first.
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