Creating new boot camp partition- error message

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  1. oregon2 macrumors regular

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    I get this error message:

    "The disk cannot be partitioned because some files cannot be moved.

    Back up the disk and use Disk Utility to format it as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume. Restore your information to the disk and try using Boot Camp Assistant again."

    Does it really mean I have to partition my whole hard drive and then reinstall everything? I'm hoping I'm just misinterpreting....

    I have had my uMBP for about two weeks, I boot camped, decided I needed more space for windows, used Winclone to clone my windows partition, merged the windows partition back into OS X, and now I get an error message when I try to repartition. Please tell me there is an easy fix. BTW, my harddrive is 250GB, there is 87GB free, and I am only trying to create an 81GB partition.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Sorry to disappoint, but this gets asked a lot
    The best way to fix is to backup your drive, erase it, restore and then Boot Camp

    You should have a backup strategy anyway, and this is a good excuse to get one

    You can try iDefrag, but the issue isn't really defragmentation, it is contiguous free space
    Most who try it, end up doing as I stated above


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  4. oregon2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmmm, that's disappointing... Well, I have probably 100GB of files I could delete. Would that help anything?

    If not, what is the preferred method for backing up and restoring?

    @upinflames900: Yeah, I sort of posted about it, but I was trying to create two Mac partitions in the other thread (using disk utility). Now I am trying the boot camp assistant (again) and posting specifically about it.
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Deleting files may or may not help
    The issue is contiguous space

    You can either use Time Machine or clone your drive

    To clone your internal HD, Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) or SuperDuper (SD) can do this for you.

    You can also use Disk Utilities restore function

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  6. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok gotcha...backup using time machine then reinstall Leopard from time machine...I think that should do the trick with the least amount of effort.
     
  7. oregon2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So if I use one of the cloning tools, will I face the same issues when I restore?
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    No, the clone will restore to contiguous space, leaving free continguous space, which is what you want


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  9. oregon2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    One last question (hopefully): Do you image the entire drive including OS X files? If so, how do you go about restoring? Won't you need OS X to restore?
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    If you use Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper you can make a bootable clone and boot from that and restore

    Yes, if you clone, you will want to clone the whole drive and restore the whole drive

    There are really multiple ways you can do this
    You could install Leopard and use Migration Assistant too
    Many different combinations

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  11. oregon2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I deleted all my junk movies, which were taking up about 80GB, thanks to awesome HD quality :D

    Anyways, I tried bootcamp partitioning again, and it WORKED!!!

    Should I just restore my bootcamp clone? Or would it be better to still do the format and restore?
     
  12. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    If you have a BootCamp clone, you can just restore it

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