Boot Camp Partitioning Problems

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by kap09, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. kap09 macrumors 6502

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    So I'm trying to install Windows 7 and can't get the boot camp assistant to partition my drive. The drive in question is 500GB with over 200GB free space. I want a Windows partition of 35-40GB.

    On first attempt I kept getting the cannot move files error when trying to partition. I read up on the error online, and most people suggested issues with parallels or needing to use idefrag. I had parallels on my machine at one point, but am not sure if there are any problem folders still hiding somewhere. Any tips on that part?

    I ran idefrag overnight last night. When I booted the machine up this morning, I launched it again to verify that the disk was defraged. Boot camp still doesn't want to play.

    Any advice? I'm really trying to avoid a fresh install as much as possible here.
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    Have you booted from the OSX disks and run the permissions tests?
     
  3. kap09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I haven't, but I'll give it a shot now
     
  4. imac abuser macrumors 6502a

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    I had to reformat my MBP 17" 2.93 gHz in order to get the partitioning to work. Then it was perfect. I tried and tried and couldn't get it. Some people told me it had to do with bits of info all over might try a ultility to defrag first but chances are your going to have to reformat
     
  5. kap09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    getting close to accepting that, especially since i did already run idefrag to clean up the fragmentation.
     
  6. imac abuser macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah it's a real pain, but with .me syncing and external itunes HD (for me) reformatting is never that bad.

    Chris
     
  7. Eric M macrumors member

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    Tried all that too...

    ...ended up backing up the whole drive with CCC, formatting it and then restoring it back in - only then bootcamp did it's job :(
    Takes a lot of time I know but so far it's the only known solution (and I've spent days researching it - nothing else worked)
     
  8. kap09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Any reason to use CCC instead of restoring from a time machine backup?
     
  9. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah unfortunately from everything I've read, reformatting is the only real solution. :( The first thing I do now after installing OS X is create a Boot Camp partition to avoid this exact issue. Do you use Time Machine or have any other kind of backup?
     

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