Boot Camp unable to partition

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Strigoitsepesh, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Strigoitsepesh macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2009
    I've been trying to run boot camp on my black Macbok and have been halted with a Boot camp error message: "The disk cannot be partitioned because some files cannot be moved." It then tells me to back up my disk and boot up from my Leopard DVD, and restore to a "journaled" volume. Now, I've checked, and my HDD is already journaled. I've run "verify disk" and everything seems to be working okay. I've read that sometimes having things related to Parallels on the computer can create this error, and so I've deleted all things Parallells and am still getting the same error. I do, however, have Fusion (though I've deleted that Windows partition.)

    I'm hesitant to follow the directions further, for I have nothing to back my disk up to and my Leopard DVD has gone MIA.

    Can anybody give me a hand?
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    It could be that there's not enough free space on the disk for boot camp. how much free space do you have?
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    bootcamp The disk cannot be partitioned because some files cannot be moved
  4. Strigoitsepesh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2009
    I have exactly 26.75 gigs of free space. I tried making a partition of 15 gigs, and then lowered it to 10. When I lowered it appeared to be working (the blue loading bar got almost to the end) and then it gave me the error.

    Also, yes, I did google. I in fact did a lot of googling before ending up here, which is why I tried lowering the partition by 5 gigs. I'm not saying that I didn't miss something, but if you are aware of the solution I'd really appreciate it if you'd help.
  5. Strigoitsepesh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2009
    I have found some possible new google leads, so I apologize if I came off a bit tweeked.

    Still, though, help from anyone is always appreciated!
  6. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000


    Dec 9, 2001
    State of Denial
    You need to defragment your hard drive. Partitions cannot use non-contiguous free space. It's likely you have some files within the last 10 GB of the drive. For some reason, Boot Camp Assistant gives error messages like it can do a defrag within the desired part of the HD, but it definitely can't.
  7. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    With only 27GB open, you should consider a hard disk upgrade.

    However if you can get the use of an external hard drive, you can clone your drive to the external (use SuperDuper or Carbon Copy). Reboot to the external drive and clone back to your internal drive. This is free and all it takes is time. Your result is a de-fragmented hard drive.


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