Using your Mac, you normally have to spend some time on manage the hard disk with many operate such as creating, resizing or merging the partitions. This post will show you how to use free tools as well as cheaper solutions to do so effectively. This tip is applied to all versions of macOS operating system including: El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Snow Leopard, Leopard, and Lion. macOS Sierra is in Beta, but you also can try it.
Popular operations and why safety manage hard disk is necessary?
Partioning on Mac – Why
Generally, when you start using a computer including Mac, the first step is to reorganize the hard drive by the way that you store your data. In my Mac, I divide the hard disk to 3 partitions:
- The first one is primary for the operating system, all applications’ data and temporary working data like downloading files, files for viewing one time…
- I use the second one to store working data. It includes official working material like documents, assignment… and the data for setting up my Mac such as installation files, backup image…
- The last one will be used to store photos, videos, and other for entertainment like films, music etc.
Of course, it is not the way that you have to follow, depending on your data and the way you organize it, you can divide your drive to more than three. But I suggest at least two partitions and all data that you don’t want to lose in case the system is broken will be store in the second one. Easy to maintain your Mac and safety for your data.
Operations for managing hard disk on Mac
As mentioned before, partitioning on Mac is needed for almost Mac users. Obviously, you will RESIZE, CREATE, FORMAT, DELETE and MERGE the partitions
- Resize a partition on Mac
You may ask that why resizing is the first operation that is mentioned? It is because before creating a new partition you have to get free space from other and resizing is the first step you have to do. For example, you want to have 1 more 50GB partition for your drive from the disk1 partition. Make sure that the free space on disk1 is more than 50GB. At first, you have to resize disk1 to be smaller to get an empty part of 50GB. This part will be the new partition.
Note: Some time you have to use both resizing and merging operation for many time before creating a new partition. I will explain and show in other posts
- Create a partition on Mac
With the free space from the last step, you can create the new partition by some click. Define the File system format and the name (label) of the partition are all things you need to do.
- Format a partition on Mac
Actually, when you create a new volume, the formatting operation has been done. However, you do this task separately sometimes such as when you want to quickly empty one partition, redefine the file system format of an existing one…
Note: Using this operation will destroy all existing data in the affected partition.
- Delete a partition on Mac
The partitions, you created it, you have used it but if you change your mind and don’t want it any more, just delete it and use the space for other purposes. It could be creating another partition or merging it with other to have a bigger volume.
- Merge partitions on Mac
You do this task when you want to combine two or more partitions to be one. Of course all the data in the partitions before combining will remain. At last, you will have one bigger volume with all data from other partitions before.
Free and native app: Disk Utility
Disk Utility has been integrated into macOS operating system for a long time. Before macOS X Tiger release, many functions of Disk Utility are available in Disk Copy and by command line. From macOS X Tiger, all these functions were brought in only one application: Disk Utility.
Live partitioning function, known as the ability to create, resize, delete disk volume without erasing them, was added first time on macOS X Leopard. In macOS X El Capitan, this software has a significant change in user interface.
It is very easy to launch Disk Utility in macOS X. You just press Command + Space to open Spotlight Search, type the name of the application, “Disk Utility” in this case. You will see Disk Utility appears in the list, select it and press Enter to run.
You can access other posts in this blog to know how to use Disk Utility for managing your hard disk on macOS.
Cheaper solutions: Review and recommendation
Disk Utility offers plenty of functions, right? Do we need other solutions for the same tasks? For Advance users and very necessary works, I suggest NO. Disk Utility is enough and you know many other advance ways to solve issues.
However, if you are not sure and do not have advanced skills in using macOS but you still WANT or HAVE TO do complicate tasks such as backup partition, repair disk, volume… I recommend that you use software from third party producer.
No1. Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac
In this post, I introduce Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac as a precious competitor. This software offers all function that Disk Utility have. Furthermore, the backup module features of the app are powerful and help you protect all or selected partition. In my opinion, this function worth more than the price of this tool ($39.5).
Is version 1.0 reliable?
Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac was released 1st version in June, 2016. If you think it should take more time to assess the 1st version of a software, you should change your mind with this application. Firstly, this disk management tool for macOS actually has a Windows Version of a long development history. Is that related? Yes, because macOS is different form Windows but they shared the same hard disk technology. Paragon Group has more than 15 years in hard disk technology and these experiences help them do an excellent job in the macOS version of Paragon Hard Disk Manager tool. Secondly, Paragon understands deeply about the File System Format and driver for Hard Disk in macOS. The proof of it is Paragon has many other famous software with the functions that related to reading, writting, managing partitions on macOS such as Paragon NTFS for Mac or Paragon Camptune X.
Price and deals
Typically, the software on macOS always costs users more money than the same function apps on Windows. However, the Paragon Hard Disk Manager for macOS is very cheap compare to the Windows Version. With the Deals from osxio.com, you win save 20% more.
Hope you get the right tool