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pdisk

The pdisk partitioner was adapted from a Linux partitioner.  Pdisk can do practically anything to your partition table.  It runs on Apple-sanctioned as well as non-Apple drives.  Pdisk can even modify the partition table of the disk that you're currently running from.  However, pdisk has some problems.

The main problem is that pdisk is not a typical Mac OS application.  It has a command-line interface that can be intimidating to many.  Another disadvantage is that it does not do anything to areas of the disk other than the partition map.  Consequently it cannot install a driver onto your disk, nor can it create HFS or HFS+ volumes.  (However, it is important to note that it is not necessary to have a driver partition on a disk that doesn't have an HFS partition.)

Pdisk has two variants.  One is a program that runs under Mac OS.  The other is a MkLinux program that is available to you when the MkLinux installer is running.  The Mac OS version uses Mac OS facilities to access the disks; the MkLinux version uses MkLinux's facilities.  However, the "engine" in pdisk is the same between the two versions.  So, once you learn to use one, you will know how to use the other.

Even though it can be intimidating at first, we recommend that you learn enough of pdisk to at least display the partition table on a disk.  A good reference on how to use pdisk can be found here. Of all the partitioners mentioned, pdisk is the best one to show your disk's true partition layout.

Partitioning using pdisk(MacOS)


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