Boot Camp Formating Issues with XP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jasper1963, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. jasper1963 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    I have an Intel MacBook Pro.
    Using Boot Camp I am trying to install Windows XP Pro OEM with SP2.
    The install works fine letting me select the correct partition for Windows XP but following that there is no option to format the partition. At the end of the install I just get 'disc error' when trying to restart.
    I have wasted a day trying to get this to work.
    Any suggestions.. this is driving me nuts!
  2. walldawg84 macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Hi there,

    I saw your plight and hope you found a way around it.

    If not, I had the same problem at the weekend when my copy of Windows XP Pro arrived. At first when I installed I had the same problem, the Windows Installer didn't even give me the option to format, also when my macbook restarted itself it popped the dvd back out again. And then when it would restart it would give me a disk error message so i would have to force it to restart in OS X again.

    I then had the bright idea that if the installer didn't have enough space to install the OS then it would be forced to run the format program. I only gave Windows 15GB at any rate so what I did while in OS X was just copy a load of files onto the partition, mainly music, and leave the smallest amount of space that I could, then I restarted, held the Option key and booted from my XP Pro disc, and surprise surprise it gave me the option to format when i chose the boot camp partition.

    I nearly had a kitten when it first didn't work and was close to throwing my windows disc out the window, but that revelation made me feel a whole lot better :)

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