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Couple of technical questions about macs..

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cerbero    0

As some of you here might have seen, I'm thinking of buying a Mac. I would like to know some stuff about them though that I don't think I can ask about in a store really, so I was hoping someone here might be able to answer them...

Here we go :)

1. How does the file system (in OSX, if that's any different from classic) look and work? Is it unix style, meaning that all partitions and drives are mounted under a root directory, or is it like windows/dos, that all partitions and drives have their own root directory?

2. How does one partition a hard drive on the mac? Do you boot from a cd that has those kinds of tools, or do you do it from within the OS?

That's all I can think of right now.. I'll reply with more questions as they come to mind :)

Thanks

[EDIT]

Oh and please, don't reply just to say "Duuhhh, Macs suck" or whatever... :confused:

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Dazzla    5

The Mac system has partitions and drives are mounted at the root directory.

As for partitioning. When you boot from teh OS X CD, there is a disk utility where you can erase, resize and create partitions.

You can select pre-determined setups like 2 partitions, 3 partitions etc, or set it up yourself. Have a look at the image below, it's from within OS X so obviously most of it is blanked out, but you get the picture:

disk.jpg

In that image i've got it as one partition, although I usually have it as 2, 10GB for the System and Apps and 30GB for the Documents like MP3's, Movies etc etc.

It's very easy to setup OS X exactly how you want. I've learned a great deal by browsing the Mac forums and I'd like to say I know quite a bit.

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cerbero    0

Wow. Great. That looks pretty advanced to be something that comes built into an os actually.

The Mac system has partitions and drives are mounted at the root directory.

Do they mount (by default) in something like the /mnt dir (of linux fame), or does the root dir contain nothing but the partitions and drives, something like this:

<pre>

/ (root)

	Partition1

  Dirs

	Partition2

  Dirs

	CD-Rom

  Dirs

</pre>

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Dazzla    5

Yeah, that sounds right. They mount in a directory called "Volumes".

They are layed out in the way you described. I'm not sure how I can show it. This is how it looks in column view, stemming from the drives and the network on the far left:

layout.jpg

I'm sure there's a command for the terminal which can show all this but I haven't got the hang of the unix commands yet.

There is a program called Mox, i'm going to download it now and it shows all the hidden unix files. I'll post a screenie of that in a minute.

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Dazzla    5

Right, I've got a couple of screenies. I'm not sure what they show :p :p :

dir1.jpg

dir2.jpg

When I had multiple partitions, I had one called system and the other called Documents. When I was accessing them through the terminal, I went "cd VolumesDocuments" to switch to the other partition.

I'm not sure if that means anything to you :D

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cerbero    0

Yeah, I understand. Thanks a lot for your help.

Now I want a mac even more. Can't wait to try OSX out next week :)

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