Installing Windows 7 using BootCamp

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dmhgt2, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. dmhgt2 macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2008
    I just downloaded the RC of Windows 7 (64-bit) and am trying to install it on my 2 month old macbook pro. This is my first mac, so i'm still getting used to it. :) I have created a dvd with the w7 iso image on it, created a 20gb partition using bootcamp, and now at the step of installing w7 on that new partition. The problem i'm running into is when trying to install, it says the partition needs to be formatted as NTFS. After backtracking and not seeing an option to make this new partition in NTFS format, i'm at a dead end. What can I do now? Thanks in advance for the help!
  2. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    Sounds like you are doing everything right, just let the installer format it for you. Bootcamp formats it as Fat32, which can only be used with XP.
  3. NathanCH macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden
    You'll probably find that your Macbook Pro will be the fastest Windows machine you've ever had. :)
  4. bkap16 macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2009
    I think installing ntfs-3g will allow Disk Utility to create NTFS volumes. If that doesn't work, you may need a third party program like GParted. Even if ntfs-3g doesn't let you partition the drive, it will still let you read and write to the Windows partition from OS X.
  5. dmhgt2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2008
    Thanks for the replies. I'll try ntfs-3g and see if that works.
  6. jsdc2005 macrumors member

    May 13, 2009
    If it's not too late, you can just create the partition using bootcamp and when you get to the point where you select the partition for install, it will tell you you can't install on it. It will give you the option to format the partition. Do that, then install. No extra software needed.
  7. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    This is what I did. I had BootCamp make the FAT32 partition and then used the Windows7 setup to reformat that partition to NTFS, worked like a charm, took 2 minutes.

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