HDD problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MalcolmJID, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    When I run BootCamp, when I try to partition, it says I first need to restore the MacBook HD to a single partition. But Disk Utility and Finder etc only show one partition there (MacBook HD, 55.59Gb (60Gb HDD)).

    How can I do this without losing data?
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    BootCamp seems to have a lot of problems working on anything but a clean install of OS X. Whenever I've tried to partition my drive with it without first reformatting and reinstalling OS X it would fail. You might have to do something like that...
     
  3. MalcolmJID thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have no way to back anything important up (other than sitting down and burning a load of CDs). Would an Archive & Install work?
     
  4. nazmac21 macrumors 6502a

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    Do an erase and install. Also buy an external harddrive for back-ups.
     
  5. MalcolmJID thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No. Will an Archive & Install not suffice for now?
     
  6. nazmac21 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it will be fine but I recommend Erase and Install. Erase and Install deletes everything on the harddrive and will probably delete the source of the problem (if its a software one).
     
  7. MalcolmJID thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I do plan on an erase and install, a friend will lend me his external hard drive. Just for now though, I wanted a quick solution.

    Cheers!
     

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