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Hi my name is Alfredo Malabello I have a macbook intel

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my name isXXXXX

I have a macbook intel -18 mths old.


250 gig internal HD with 100 gigs already occupied with programs and docs

it has 150 gigs available free space

I want to partition the drive into 3 partitions . . . . ( a 120 gig partition which will contain all my data which is already installed in my macbook with room for 20 gigs more data, a 30 gig partition, and a 100 gig partition )

I opened disk utility

I added the 3 partitions, I selected all the options I wanted.

I clicked on " apply "

4 hrs later , I am still waiting for it to finish doing it's thing.

I called Apple support for help. They said that it will take a long time because it has to transfer files that are all over the HD into the appropriate partition etc and erase and format the other 2 partitions.

People on Mac forums say that it should take a short time but "Apple support" say it will take a long long time. If I try to force quit, it says I will damage my HD.

Please help
Let this process run till it stops. If you force quit it you can lose your data. I have seen on some systems this take about 8 hours.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you
so you agree with mac support that it should take a long time?

so many people on mac forums say that it should take 10 minutes tops
I do agree with the mac support guys. I have seen it take 10 min or 8 hours. It's based on the hard drive and how much data is on it.
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