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Initializing Partitions
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Join Date: Nov 1999
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Mar 9, 2002, 10:16 PM
As some of you may have read in an earlier post, I had a crash on my OS 9.0.4 partition. I got a current copy of Norton (it's what the salesman recommended) and was able to recover lots of data from that partition. The recovered system folder is not useable, so I need to reinstall it. I get the error message saying that "This disk is not recognized by this computer. Would you like to format it?" and it gives me a couple of options, reflecting the size of the partition (2gb; comes up as 1.9 gb). Will the drive setup utility or whatever this is format just this partition so it will mount on the desktop? If I accidentally erase the whole 40gb hard drive my life won't be worth living . Also, can I format this part in HFS+, even though the rest of the hard drive is HFS? And will this allow me to load and use OSX on this computer? I searched the forums and came up with questions that were close to this, but nothing exactly answered this. Thanks in advance; I really need to try fixing this by Monday! (it's Saturday night).

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Join Date: May 1999
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Mar 9, 2002, 11:20 PM
You'll be fine.

Since it's reporting the disk as 1.9GB it's clearly going to initialize the partition and not the entire drive. In addition, you can't initialize the partition you booted from.

Also, you can format it as HFS+ regardless of the partition type used on other partitions on the drive. You can have any mix of HFS, HFS+, UFS, etc. partitions on the same drive and you won't have problems.
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