Anyway to expand my bootcamp partition?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by marklight, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. marklight macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2006
    I went in to disk utility - partition, and then tried to shrink my OSX partition, but the process always fails:

    2008-08-10 12:49:55 -0400: Disk Utility started.

    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Preparing to partition disk: “Hitachi HTS542520K9SA00 Media”
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Partition Scheme: GUID Partition Table
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: 2 volumes will be created
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400:
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Partition 1
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Name : “Macintosh HD”
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Size : 108.0 GB
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Filesystem : Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Do not erase contents
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400:
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Partition 2
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Name : “disk0s3”
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Size : 51.1 GB
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Filesystem : Windows NT File System (NTFS)
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Do not erase contents
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400:
    2008-08-10 12:50:33 -0400: Modifying partition map.
    2008-08-10 12:51:32 -0400: Partition failed for disk Hitachi HTS542520K9SA00 Media Filesystem verify or repair failed.
    2008-08-10 12:51:33 -0400: Partition complete.
    2008-08-10 12:51:33 -0400:
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Clone your Windows data to another drive. Delete your Boot Camp partition. Resize. Put everything back on.
  3. marklight thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2006
    Do you mind explaining this a bit more? I'm pretty unfamiliar with the clone process-

    But am I just basically making a "clone" of my bootcamp partition, deleting the current bootcamp partition, reformatting the drive with more space for the new bootcamp partition- and then putting the cloned information on that space?

    Also - how will I be able to format that new partition for NTFS?

    * I should note that my bootcamp partition already has windows and stuff installed on it.
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Really what I'd do is just plug in an iPod, drag what files you want to save to it, delete your partition, make a bigger one, reinstall Windows, and then drag the files back where they were.

    It's not as elegant as just cloning, but it's easy.
  5. MisterEd macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2006
    There's an app here that supposedly non-destructively resizes your boot camp partition...

    EDIT - ah didn't see you need to shrink Leopard partition first...
  6. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Check out Winclone here:

    It is a free utility that does a GREAT job of help to manage Boot Camp installations and backing them up as well. If you check out the FAQs link on that page, you will see step by step instructions of how to increase (as well as decrease should you ever need it) the Boot Camp partition without having to reinstall OSX and all that monkey business.

    Winclone works like a charm from my experience with it over the past few months.
  7. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
  8. epmi macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2007
    I also recommend Winclone. In fact, I just used it yesterday for the first time to clone my Windows partition and it worked beautifully. I was nervous as heck at first and it does take a few hours depending on the size of the partition. Using Winclone, I'd say it took about an hour an a half to clone 80GB to an external hard drive, then another hour and a half to restore the image back to Bootcamp. So 3 hours total, but I would rather to do this rather then reinstall everything again.

    It's really easy and the best part is that it's free. I consider myself a novice at this and if it wasn't for my husband, I would have never had the guts to do this (he assured me that everthing was going to be ok, lol). I had to do something fast as I was running out of space, so with my DH's coaxing and less than 7GB of space to go, I decided to go for it.

    Just make sure to read the FAQ's carefully. And before cloning, make sure you format your external drive to HFS+ (not FAT32 or NTFS), as it is explained in the FAQ's.

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