How do I convert Bootcamp partition to NTFS?

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  1. schwine1 macrumors regular

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    How do I convert the Bootcamp partition to NTFS?

    I need to do this because I am installing Windows 7 onto it, and the Windows 7 installation disc indicates that installation cannot continue because the Bootcamp partition is not in NTFS format.

    I set the Bootcamp drive size to 35 GB, which is supposed to be enough space for NTFS but not FAT32. Still, I need to "convert" the Bootcamp drive to NTFS somehow. On the Mac side, I have a Mac Pro with Snow Leopard.

    Thanks for any tips on how to convert the Bootcamp drive to NTFS.
     
  2. FrancoisC macrumors 6502

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    When installing windows, you need to select "advanced" option (something like that anyway...) and you need to format the bootcamp partition to NTFS using the windows installer
     
  3. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    35 gb ain't much space for a full win 7 install once you start adding things like microsoft office etc.

    I just did mine at 55 gb ...
     
  4. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry guess I should have noted that along with a question of how much space you have it is easy to format it into NTFS.

    When the install disk startups up you BETTER select the bootcamp partition ... there is a choice ( maybe under advanced options on that screen ) that you pick to indicate to format that partition.
     
  5. schwine1, Sep 11, 2011
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    schwine1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's good to know. I read somewhere that in order for Windows to work "properly," the Bootcamp partition for Windows should be limited to 32 GB.

    You're setting it at 55 GB suggests that isn't true, which would be good to hear. The separate hard drive that contains Bootcamp, in my case, is 500 GB in size. Sure, I would set the space for Bootcamp at 250 GB if Windows 7 + Bootcamp is okay with that. Maybe 32 GB is the "minimum" size that Bootcamp should be for Windows 7 (Home Premium edition, 64 bit version, in my case). Also, I'm using VMWare Fusion 3 as the virtual software.
     
  6. SideStepSociety macrumors 6502

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    If said were true, you wouldn't see PC's being shipped with drives larger than 32GB.

    Feel free to make your partition whichever size you like. Windows works the same regardless of the size of the drive/partition.
     
  7. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    He might be pulling together bits of knowledge about Fat32, Windows partitions, and maybe... drives needing more space to run faster?

    I dunno. I gave mine... what, 80 gigs I think? Or 60; I only use it for Rosetta Stone (which is an AMAZING program), and playing games.
     
  8. schwine1, Sep 11, 2011
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    schwine1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, "maximum" size of the Bootcamp drive is not much of an issue.
    Thanks.
     

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