Hard disk and Boot Camp Help

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  1. WilliamBos, Feb 4, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2012

    WilliamBos macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    Was trying to set up a Windows XP SP2 partition, which I had set at 32GB.

    Here is the message that I got...

    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 this mean that I need to back my system up, and then reformat the entire HD??

    I tried Virtual Box, and do not like the VM set up. Prefer the full resources of the machine running Windows.

    Thanks for all the help.
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    It usually means you need to defragment the drive, so all the data is organized around a bit, so the partitions can be created. Alternatively, you can try to move data to an external and delete the data off your drive (so when you run the Assistant, it can defrag a bit); partition and then move the data back. Finally reinstalling it is possible if you do not wish to do the first two (or they didn't work for you) since a reinstall is essentially defragmenting the drive.
     
  3. WilliamBos thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. Do I need to download software to defrag?? Not able to find it on my mac.
     

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