Installing Windows on Macbook what file system?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by andyjamesnelson, May 10, 2008.

  1. andyjamesnelson macrumors 6502

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    Hey I just tried to install my copy of XP on my Macbook and I failed badly.

    I got to a screen to asked me which file system I would like to use and I had no idea.

    I selected keep current (make no changes) - but now think that was a bad choice.

    Anyway Windows did its thing but then wouldn't boot at all.

    It just wanted to go through the install process again.

    What file system should I use?

    Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks. Andy
     
  2. sash macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    You have to choose either FAT32 or NTFS. Choose the 1st one if the size of the partition won't be bigger than 32 GB. Choose NTFS if your partition is bigger. After that do format this new partition.

    sash
     
  3. ritzomaniac macrumors newbie

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    Try this link-
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=207634
     
  4. bart rijksen macrumors regular

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    I have a question, my friend tried to install xp on his mbp 15" 2.5ghz, and the installing was ok, but then it said it had to reboot. as it rebooted, there came a line saying: disk error, or something like that. He tried it 4 times. Why isn't it working?
     
  5. sash macrumors 6502a

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    Was that XP SP1? You can install SP2 only; any other version causes errors after install is finished.
     
  6. bart rijksen macrumors regular

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    No, it should be sp2, that's why it is so strange
     
  7. sash macrumors 6502a

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    You know, my reaction in such cases is quite straightforward. You've got problems after install? -- instead of dances with the wolfs and shamanism, which could cost you hours of your precious life, kill the windows partition via BC, make a new partition, install windows once again. Everything should be normal provided the install disk is good, intact etc.

    sash
     
  8. bart rijksen macrumors regular

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    he tried that 4 times, all using FAT32. Before it did work when he installed vista, but then he deleted it to try xp, and that didn't work. Might it work if he uses NTFS instead of FAT32?
     
  9. sash macrumors 6502a

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    XP works fine on NTFS as well as on FAT32, but Vista can run on NTFS only -- at least according to microsoft (I've never tried to install it on FAT, so do not murder me if I'm wrong): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927520 .
     
  10. chscag macrumors 68000

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    No murder, you're correct. ;) Vista must be installed on NTFS, but can read and write to FAT, and FAT-32.

    Regards.
     
  11. macffooky macrumors regular

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    You have to select either the format with NTFS or FAT32 option not simply use or you get that error on reboot.
     
  12. sqausher macrumors newbie

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    I am having the exact same problem. I purchased the Windows XP SP 2 software OEM and everytime it reboots it comes as disk error. I have deleted the partition and reinstalled but still same problem. Also i have noticed that it will never allow me to format the partition could that be the problem. Help will be really appreciated
     
  13. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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