Bootcamp not functioning even after defrag?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by deadlyseaweed, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. deadlyseaweed macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2011
    okay, i'm completely at my wit's end with this one.

    i'm trying to set up an 80gb partition for win7 with bootcamp on my mid 2010 15in mbp. after getting the dreaded "the disk can't be partitioned because some files can't be moved" message, i cleared off all but 30gb of essential hard drive space, used idefrag and did a full defrag and compact. but even after all that, i *still* get the same error! i'd LOVE not to have to do the disk utility reformat...anyone have any suggestions on what else i can try before i resort to that?

  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    You could try booting from the grey OS X install disc that came with your MBP and run disk utility from that. Resize the OS X partition manually using the lower right corner and create an MS-DOS FAT partition named BOOTCAMP in the space you freed up.

    Then pick up the Boot Camp process by rebooting your Mac holding Alt/Option until you get to the boot selector screen. Insert the Windows install disc and proceed.

    The only difference at this point from the standard process is that you will have to use Alt/Option to bring up the boot selector to select the Windows partition each time Windows needs to reboot.

  3. deadlyseaweed thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2011
    ran a quick disk repair while i was in disk utility about to try what you suggested and it sorted it right out :eek:

    thanks for your help!

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