THinking ahead with Boot Camp = BAD (two preexisting partitions)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by tallest, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I am very excited about being able to install windows on my MacBook Pro (for the sole purpose of gaming) but I am having a lot of trouble getting around my forethought when installing OS X.

    Originally, I was planning on using the onmac.net solution, so I created two partitions, installing OS X on the second one. Unfortunately, Apple's (superior, i.e BIOS) solution requires a single partition. When I try to run Boot Camp it outputs:
    Code:
    [B]Your starup disk cannot be partitioned or 
    restored to a single partition.[/B] 
    Your startup disk must be formatted as a single Mac 
    OS Extended (Journaled) volume or already 
    partitioned by Boot Camp Assistant for installing 
    Windows.
    Any ideas on what I can do?

    I tried simply installing windows to the first partition but the install disk doesn't recognize the partition scheme that OS X uses. I noticed that Disk Utility now lets you choose "Master Boot Record" under the options dialogue when partitioning. Is there any way I can repartition the drive to use a MBR without loosing all my data?

    Thanks,
    Aaron
     
  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Or is there any way I can merge the two partitions?

    (iPartition does not support Intel Macs yet. Their site says they have a beta, but provides no way to download it.)
     
  3. macrumors 65816

    neocell

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    You might want to look at to iPartition to try and enable this without data loss, though I would not be comfortable doing this without a backup or ability to live with losing all my data

    EDIT: sorry didn't see your second post while I was writing this one

    EDIT: do you have an iPod (or use DVDs) you can backup your files to and then just use disk utility to get a single partition and use the systems discs to get everything back on?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My impatience has led me to just bacup to an old PC and reinstall.

    It's just a little time consming reinstalling all those apps (I didn't want to do a complete backup as this would have been 35+ GB and probably would take just as long)
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    I don't see why Boot Camp can't use a physical disk that has been partitioned! I'm quite fond of separating the System disk from the Data disk, so that whenever I wipe my system drive, I never have to think twice about if I'm losing data.
     

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