How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Ashik Your Own Question

Ashik
Ashik, Mac Helper
Category: Mac
Satisfied Customers: 6527
Experience:  7+ Years of Experience in troubleshooting Macs, iPhone, iPad, iPod etc
Type Your Mac Question Here...
Ashik is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a macbook and have taken the bootcamp/windows drive

Customer Question

I have a macbook and have taken the bootcamp/windows drive off and reformatted to Mac...I am short of space on the mac drive, can I shift the partition to create more space on the main drive
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Ashik replied 4 years ago.
Hi I am Ashik. I think i can help you

If you are not using Windows, you can restore that partition to your main drive. (I hope so). If you restore the partition, all the contents on Windows side will be erased.

  • In Mac OS X, quit all open applications and log out any other users on your computer.
  • Launch the Boot Camp Assistant by going to your Applications > Utilities
  • Click Continue on the initial Boot Camp Assistant startup window.
  • Select Create or remove a Windows partition and then click Continue button
  • Click the Restore button to remove the Windows partition
  • This should restore the bootcamp partition to your main drive and also all the contents of Windows will be erased.

Best Regards,
Ashik
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
...If i solved your problem, please kindly click ACCEPT. If i didn't, reply back before Accepting. Bonus and Positive Feedback are greatly appreciated. Thanks
Ashik, Mac Helper
Category: Mac
Satisfied Customers: 6527
Experience: 7+ Years of Experience in troubleshooting Macs, iPhone, iPad, iPod etc
Ashik and 3 other Mac Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
sorry - maybe I wasnt clear enough; I have already done that but there is still a partition; I have 35 gb on the mac user partition and 75 gb on what is called user data now. The Mac user section is full and I wanted to shift the partition so there is more space to expand applications etc and ultimately would be fine if there was no partition at all.....I am experienced (and pi....d off with windows and would rather get Mac doing the job

Many thanks
Expert:  Ashik replied 4 years ago.
You mean you can't restore the bootcamp partition to Mac partition ??

Did you created the Windows partition with BootCamp or with Mac's Disk Utility ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
No sorry - don't want bootcamp at all - just want Mac but the original drive that was setup is now full and I want to expand it. Currently have the drive with original partition and second mac formatted partition. In windows I would have used partition magic to shift the partition and create more space in the main drive...thought Mac may have easier way
Many thks
Expert:  Ashik replied 4 years ago.
I think the issue with the restore option in Bootcamp i.e restore windows partition to mac partition, because you changed the partition with partition magic. Thats why boot camp can't restore the partition. Now, i think, the only way to expand you drive is, delete all partition and recreate all with Disk Utility. Doing this will delete all your files, applications and everything on your Mac. So you have to backup your data before doing this...

Do you have any external drive ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Sorry Ashik..I didnt use partition magic we just killed the windows drive and reformatted to Mac format. Now I have 2 Mac partitions: one of 35GB and one of 75GB all I want to do is increase th size of the 35 GB to say 75/80GB and reduce the 'userdata' drive to 35/30GB as all the applications etc are currently running in the 35GB drive. I do not want bootcamp on the computer any more; it was never used

I hope this explains the situation clearer - thanks for your efforts so far

Expert:  Ashik replied 4 years ago.
I understood your problem. I don't think you can easily do partition thing..

"we just killed the windows drive and reformatted to Mac format" How ? With Disk Utility ?

Do you have any external drive ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
yes with disk utility - if it is too hard I will just reinstall the OS and start again after backing up user files etc

Yes I do have external drive as well

Many thanks
Expert:  Ashik replied 4 years ago.
If i'm right, thats the reason that BootCamp Assistant can't restore the partition. You should've restore the partition using BootCamp Assistant not with Disk Utility. I can't find any otherway than doing a fresh install of OS after deleting all partition to solve the issue. So first backup all your important files before deleting the partition.

Backup your whole user account from ~/Users/ folder

Then boot from the Disk, open Disk Utility from the Utility menu and remove the two partition and recreate a single one.

Please let me know if you need any help !

(no need to accept)

Best Regards,
Ashik
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
As I am a pc user (the Mac is my daughters) can I just back up to any hard drive - I have a Western Digital 320GB or do I need a mac specific HD?
Many thanks for your help - appreciate everything very much
Expert:  Ashik replied 4 years ago.
All hard drives are compatible with Mac, but you must format it as Mac partition to use with your Mac.

So, does a white/yellow icon appears on your desktop when you connect your external hd ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Hi Ashik
My daughter has the Mac with her..I will need to fix it all in the weekend
Many thanks for your assistance so far
Expert:  Ashik replied 4 years ago.
We can try to fix it...I will try my best to help you.

Did you see my last question ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Sorry, she is at boarding school and wont be home until Friday night Australian time..I will have to wait for her to return before I can do anything further
Many thanks
Expert:  Ashik replied 4 years ago.
Okay.... please let me know when you got it.
Remember, i will continue to help you, just reply back to this thread.

Best Regards,
Ashik

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Hi John, Thank you for your expertise and, more important, for your kindness because they make me, almost, look forward to my next computer problem. After the next problem comes, I'll be delighted to correspond again with you. I'm told that I excel at programing. But system administration has never been one of my talents. So it's great to have an expert to rely on when the computer decides to stump me. God bless, Bill Bill M. Schenectady, New York
< Last | Next >
  • Hi John, Thank you for your expertise and, more important, for your kindness because they make me, almost, look forward to my next computer problem. After the next problem comes, I'll be delighted to correspond again with you. I'm told that I excel at programing. But system administration has never been one of my talents. So it's great to have an expert to rely on when the computer decides to stump me. God bless, Bill Bill M. Schenectady, New York
  • The Expert answered my Mac question and was patient. He answered in a thorough and timely manner, keeping the response on a level that could understand. Thank you! Frank Canada
  • My Expert answered my question promptly and he resolved the issue totally. This is a great service. I am so glad I found it I will definitely use the service again if needed. One Happy Customer New York
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Mike

    Mac Medic

    Satisfied Customers:

    6256
    Over 20 years IT experience with Apple computers in publishing, marketing and design.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/macthelife/2009-10-20_1899_mikesebaharsquare64.jpg Mike's Avatar

    Mike

    Mac Medic

    Satisfied Customers:

    6256
    Over 20 years IT experience with Apple computers in publishing, marketing and design.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AS/ashiknasameen/2012-5-15_141836_final2.64x64.jpg Ashik's Avatar

    Ashik

    Mac Helper

    Satisfied Customers:

    5282
    7+ Years of Experience in troubleshooting Macs, iPhone, iPad, iPod etc
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DP/dpean/2012-6-6_172828_avatorme1.64x64.JPG Daniel's Avatar

    Daniel

    Mac Genius

    Satisfied Customers:

    4670
    Apple certified on desktop and portable, help desk qualified. Have owned and used Macs since 1989.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VI/vinodvmenon2005/1.64x64.jpg Vinod Menon's Avatar

    Vinod Menon

    Support Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2068
    worked as a Tech support Associate for Apple products
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BE/beboo/2011-1-14_201648_n5063313142021801763.64x64.jpg Brandon M.'s Avatar

    Brandon M.

    Mac Support Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1501
    10+ Years Mac Support as contractor and currently an IT Manager for law firm
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MA/MacDruid/IMG_0232.64x64.JPG John T. F.'s Avatar

    John T. F.

    Mac Druid

    Satisfied Customers:

    1408
    20+ years in the computer/Mac industry
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MA/MacHelpdesk/1d2d506.64x64.jpg David's Avatar

    David

    Mac Support Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1236
    BSc, H.Dip, Apple Certified