Adding more memory in bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Wraz, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Wraz macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2009
    Is it possible? or will i have to delete the partition and start over.
    32 gb is just not enough i figured out.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Go to Disk Utility and just make the BootCamp partition bigger (drag it to the size you want it)
  3. Wraz thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2009
    Already tryed. said it couldn't change the size :/
  4. imperialnavy macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2009
    I would like to know how to increase space for Bootcamp as well ;)
    Without the need to reinstall Windows ofcourse ;)
  5. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    I'm almost certain you have to start from scratch to increase the size.
  6. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    There are a few applications out there that will do this for you. Normally with windows whenever you change the partition size you have to blow everything away and start all over. This stinks. But look here : Partition Magic by Symantec This application will adjust the size of the partition for you without losing your data. It takes a while but it works (I've used it in the past). But it is not cheap.
  7. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I just upgraded the drive in my 13" unibody MB and moved and enlarged my Windows Vista partition with winclone.

    I cloned the partition off to a DMG on an external drive, created a new partiton on the new drive and restored the image without a fuss.

    So what you will need is a writable (i.e. NOT NTFS formatted) external USB drive that is larger than your current Windows partition.

    Use winclone to clone the partition to the external drive
    Delete the bootcamp partition in Disk Utility
    Shrink the OS X partition
    Create a new, larger bootcamp partition in Disk Utility out of the unformatted space, format it FAT32
    Use winclone to restore your partition
    Boot the restored partiton
    re-activate windows (if necessary)

    EDIT: If you are uncomfortable with Disk Utility, use Boot Camp Assistant to restore the drive to one partition and create the new partition, while still using winclone to backup and restore.

    NOTE: It's always good to have a full and up to date back up before attempting any of these kinds of operations.


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