BootCamp won't create a partition

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  1. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    I just tried to install bootcamp but when i tried to partition my HD it tried for a while then spat out an error message, somthing about going to disk utility to fix it.

    I ran Fix Permissions from the disk utility and tried bootcamp again but it didn't work.

    I went back to Disk Utility and started Verify Disk it ran for a while then quit with the error message

    "Disk Utility stopped verifying "Macintosh HD" because the following error was encountered:
    The underlying task reported failure on exit"

    Is there any way to fix my drive so that i can still run bootcamp?
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    This is common when you first run bootcamp. What you have to do is 'repair disk' however to do so you need to

    put the disc that came with your mac into the drive and when booting hold down C

    this will boot from the disk. when the installer screen starts choos a language and then when the next screen comes on simply

    click on utilites on the menu bar and choose disk utility.

    You will now be able to repair disk.


    Once finished reboot and load osX normally.

    Go back into bootcamp and you will now be able to partition correctly :)
     
  3. ebouwman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Will booting and running from the disk mess with my settings at all?
     
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  5. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    Nope it'll be just fine. I had this exact same problem when I tried to install Vista via Boot Camp yesterday, and the partition wouldn't work. Like the man said above, boot from the disk, repair the disk, and then it'll work just fine. At least mine did.
     
  6. ebouwman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yup i did that about an hour ago.
     
  7. Philberttheduck macrumors 6502a

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    quick question. there are two HD icons in Disk Utility, so which one do i "Repair Disk"? The "233.8 GB Maxtor..." or "Macintosh HD"?
     
  8. wattage macrumors 6502

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    I am having the same errors with partitioning. I have repaired the disk (It is journaled) using disk utility in OSX and the one on the MBP disk, but I still get the same errror.

    What happens if I restore the disk?? Will I loose my setting and stuff?? What should I do to get WXP working??
     
  9. wattage macrumors 6502

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    Anyone?? Thoughts, suggestions?? It kinda sucks not being able to put windows on the Intel mac, I need it for a few specific things.
     
  10. ebouwman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Did you do it using the boot disk?
     
  11. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    If you still get the "The underlying task failed on exit" message after attempting to repair while booted from the CD, you're going to have to reformat your drive. Back up your data NOW.
     
  12. Voltes V macrumors member

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    I tried this but i still keep getting the Verification Failed.

    what gives?


    I use to have xp under bootcamp, and since Vista is now supported , i partition the hdd into a single drive (Mac) delete xp partition then i run the new bootcamp and when i get to the partitioning part, i cant partition anymore
     
  13. wattage macrumors 6502

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    So when you restore your hard drive it completely erases it?? Or back it up for safety's sake??
     
  14. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Yes, and yes. You should back it up first before performing a reformat - this will wipe all your data. Your drive has suffered file system damage that Disk Utility cannot repair.

    Cloning the drive with an application like SuperDuper, reformatting the old drive, then cloning the clone you just made back to the original disk is the easiest and safest way to do this.
     
  15. m1ss1ontomars macrumors 6502

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    Repairing the drive doesn't erase anything (well, it shouldn't, but it probably will if your disk is that damaged). There's no option called "restore".

    That said, back up your data and reformat. That's probably the easiest thing for you to do right now.
     
  16. wattage macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your input, but there IS a restore option in disk utility. Guess I will back up and reinstall everything...I really hate doing that though, maybe I will wait until Leopard and perform a clean install after backing up.
     
  17. m1ss1ontomars macrumors 6502

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    Yeah you're right, of course. For some reason I was associating "restore" with partitions or something. I have NO idea what my earlier statement was supposed to mean :-/
     
  18. Mooey macrumors regular

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    Not sure what the error is but if you get something along the lines of cannot move files then you have three options. Please, please, please back up your data before you do any of these however:


    1. iDefrag - defragments the harddrive giving you a bit more space (this costs $$$ - this also may scratch your hard drive clean)
    2. Delete useless (GB) amounts of space that you don't have until it doesn't say it anymore
    3. If you have it at x amount of hard drive space, you may want to move the ticker back a GB then retry. Keep doing this until it works.

    (I had 40GB split - that didn't work so I went with 35GB and it worked).

    Hope this helps.
     
  19. ebouwman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i created a 15 or 14 GB partition for windows (i only have an 80 GB HD :( )

    it's allways a good idea to back up all of your important data regardless.
     
  20. kolax macrumors G3

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    Well I had this problem, and I downloaded iDefrag, and made it bootable using Coriolis CDMaker.

    Mac OSX is good at file fragmenting but not good at the whole disc itself. So a full disc defragmentation is helpful every month or so to get all clustered data organised etc.

    Defragging your disc can increase system performance too (apparently).


    http://coriolis-systems.com/iDefrag.php
     
  21. ebouwman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i thought that i head OSX defrags itself as you go?
     
  22. kolax macrumors G3

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    So did I, but I've read various things along the way saying that it is crap.

    I dunno - I don't know too much about defragging and what OSX does under your nose, but iDefag fixed my problem with BootCamp (although I never tried the Repair Disk during startup tho..)
     
  23. ebouwman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i guess the thing that defraging does is take all the scatered data and condenses it into one area of the disk, so wouldn't it make sense that if there was data scatered all over the disk it wouldn't be able to partition it?
     
  24. kolax macrumors G3

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    Yeh. Boot Camp's message to the problem is pretty drastic isn't it - formatting the whole hard drive when a simple defrag fixes it.
     
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