Boot Camp / Partition / Clean Install Help

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rcmorgan540, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. rcmorgan540 macrumors member

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    Hello, At one point I had Windows 7 on my machine in a partition. I needed the space, so I nuked the partition. Well , my computer program for firing my fireworks this year is PC only. So ... I need to get it back. When I open bootcamp to make it happen I get the message :

    The disk cannot be partitioned because some files cannot be moved.
    Back up the disk and use Disk Utility to format it as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume. Restore your information to the disk and try using Boot Camp Assistant again.

    So, I am not sure what is going on. I may not have removed the old partition (Win 7) right.

    I figured I may as well backup stuff, nuke, and start over. I have an external 1 TB laying around with nothing on it. Do I need to do this, or can I get around doing a clean install.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    You can not get around a clean install, as data on your HDD is scattered around the HDD, thus there is not enough continuous space on the HDD to create a partition.
     
  3. rcmorgan540 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!

    Thanks! What backup process would you recommend?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper to make a 1:1 copy to an external HDD, then boot from that clone and erase the internal HDD and clone back to the internal HDD.
    Then boot from the internal HDD and create a Windows partition via Boot Camp Assistant.
    Cloning is faster than a Time Machine backup and restoration.
     
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