Bootcamp Help

Moshiiii

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Greetings ! :D
I'm trying to install windows tonight on my MBP. When creating a partition for Windows XP, I choose 10gigs for Windows and the rest for OSX. I click

"Partition" then aftert it crunches some numbers this shows up:
You're startup disk cannot be partitioned because verificaiton failed.
Start up your Mac from a Mac OSX Install Disc and use Disk Utility to repair your start up disk.

Hrm form what I can gather I needed to start up my Mac OSZ with the install disk in, go to disk utilites then press repair disk on my HD or the Install disk. Although both are shaded out where Repair Disk is. What do i need to do?
 

mkrishnan

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Moshiiii said:
Hrm form what I can gather I needed to start up my Mac OSZ with the install disk in, go to disk utilites then press repair disk on my HD or the Install disk. Although both are shaded out where Repair Disk is. What do i need to do?
Are they shaded out when booted off the install DVD? Repair Disk only works when the disk isn't mounted in the normal read/write fashion. Ergo booting off the install DVD. If that doesn't work, the other option is to boot into single user mode and do fsck -- this is the same thing as Repair Disk from disk utility.
 

Moshiiii

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mkrishnan said:
Are they shaded out when booted off the install DVD? Repair Disk only works when the disk isn't mounted in the normal read/write fashion. Ergo booting off the install DVD. If that doesn't work, the other option is to boot into single user mode and do fsck -- this is the same thing as Repair Disk from disk utility.
You just confused the crap outa me. I'm a Mac newb, this is my first Mac owned. I havn't had it long enough to learn OSX that great, working on keyboard shortcuts. Whats the steps I need to do? Am I risking loosing all my data by booting in single?
 

mkrishnan

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Moshiiii said:
You just confused the crap outa me. I'm a Mac newb, this is my first Mac owned. I havn't had it long enough to learn OSX that great, working on keyboard shortcuts. Whats the steps I need to do? Am I risking loosing all my data by booting in single?
Okay, okay, let me try and walk you through it. Sorry. :eek:

First, as for losing data... No...that's almost impossible, unless you have seriously messed your disk up somehow. But if you're a newb, it's better to use the Install DVD. Make sure you're doing it right. Try it this way:

With the computer booted, insert the install disc and then go to System Preferences -> Startup Disk. From that window, select the DVD in the list at the top, and click the restart button inside the window.

When the computer reboots, you SHOULD NOT get a login window. If you do, you DID NOT successfully boot off the DVD. Instead, you should get a window prompting you to walk through the steps of installing OS X. You're NOT going to do this. Instead, you'll notice the menu bar is still intact. In the menus, there is an option to switch to Disk Utility. Select it.

The install dialog will go away and be replaced by Disk Utility. Now, you should be able to click on the disk volume in the left, and Repair Disk should not be ghosted. Run it. It should end with green text (usually) saying that the repair was successful. This is when you know it's done, and you can go back to trying to install Bootcamp.
 

Moshiiii

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mkrishnan said:
Okay, okay, let me try and walk you through it. Sorry. :eek:

First, as for losing data... No...that's almost impossible, unless you have seriously messed your disk up somehow. But if you're a newb, it's better to use the Install DVD. Make sure you're doing it right. Try it this way:

With the computer booted, insert the install disc and then go to System Preferences -> Startup Disk. From that window, select the DVD in the list at the top, and click the restart button inside the window.

When the computer reboots, you SHOULD NOT get a login window. If you do, you DID NOT successfully boot off the DVD. Instead, you should get a window prompting you to walk through the steps of installing OS X. You're NOT going to do this. Instead, you'll notice the menu bar is still intact. In the menus, there is an option to switch to Disk Utility. Select it.

The install dialog will go away and be replaced by Disk Utility. Now, you should be able to click on the disk volume in the left, and Repair Disk should not be ghosted. Run it. It should end with green text (usually) saying that the repair was successful. This is when you know it's done, and you can go back to trying to install Bootcamp.
Alright, I'm going to try that tomarrow morning. Thank you very much!:D