Bootcamp setup tells me to repair my hard drive... will this erase my data?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by technohobbit17, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. technohobbit17 macrumors newbie

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    Trying to setup Bootcamp on my white MacBook, the system told me it could not partition my drive, and to repair the drive in Disk Utility and try again. Will this erase my data or anything? Why couldn't I partition my drive?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    In order to actually "repair" the drive you will need to boot from the DVD that came with your computer or a retail copy of Leopard. You cannot repair the boot disk with Disk Utility.

    No, repairing the disk will not erase any data, but a backup is always a good idea whenever doing anything with your drive... especially when trying to install a Boot Camp partition. Just look at all of the threads about people losing everything while screwing up. Print the directions and follow them explicitly and back up.

    Sometimes you cannot partition for Boot Camp because there is not enough contiguous space. Cloning and restoring or restoring from a TM backup usually fixes that issue.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     

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