Partition Hard Drive As Apple Partition Table

A few days ago, I wrote about repurposing my 1TB hard drive as a storage device after a SSD upgrade. I won’t be using this drive for booting up the OS. I reformatted my hard drive and created a new partition using the GUID Partition Table. Using this table allows you to have the option to boot from this device.

Since I will only be using this drive for extra storage, it probably wasn’t the right choice. In addition, it was constantly asking me to enter the root password every time I created a new folder.¬†The obvious fix was to repartition the hard drive and select the Apple Partition Table instead of GUID partition table. It worked.

If you’re on the same boat, then do exactly what I did. Repartition the drive and select Apple Partition Table.

Multi Boot vs Virtual Machine

When I bought a 1TB hard drive last year, I had a decision to make. How would I slice up the new 1TB drive? I was running multiple operating systems on my computer desktop. I was using Linux 95% of the time and the other 5% on Windows, if at all.

So, I partitioned my drive and gave Windows 160GB. The rest went to Ubuntu.¬†Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t do it the way I did it. I would format all 1TB for the Linux partition. What about Windows? From hindsight, I could easily install Windows as a virtual machine instead of having a multi boot setup.

There are several advantages to using virtual machines over multi boot.

  1. You can easily launch a virtual machine without rebooting your computer.
  2. You can have both Linux and Windows running at the same time.
  3. You can clone as many instances of Windows.
  4. You can easily delete a virtual machine and free up the partition.

These are good enough reasons for me to prefer virtual machines over a multi boot setup. Knowing what I know, I would rather install Windows in a virtual machine using Virtualbox. So, if you’re at the same juncture of trying to make a decision whether to partition your drive. Don’t. Use virtual machines instead.