MBPr & bootcamp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Rodisiac, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. Rodisiac macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2011
    Hi all
    Currently running: Lion

    a couple of hours ago I attempted to get bootcamp running on my mac (with windows 7 64bit)
    I have the windows CD ready and all that, anyway
    after choosing my partition, It went to a sort of Command screen and stayed there and got stuck, ultimately I had to force shut down the mac.
    it would come up as though I had a 'bootcamp' partition, but windows told me it wasn't NTFST (i think those were the letters)

    Now I've tripple checked this & the same thing happens every time.
    has anyone had this problem with the new MBPr?

    I was partitioning around 45gb and every time I would try again, 45gb would be missing from my hard drive, even with the partitions deleted! so I've just come from a complete format and TM backup, but it still only says 499gb capacity (originally bought 512gb)

    If anyone could just give me some feedback
  2. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    well, first you only get about 499gb with a 512 drive...if you run bootamp assistant does it give you the option to make the partition? because you need to do that first and for most. After that it should give you the option of installing windows, where it will reboot and start the setup from the disk, at that point you need to choose your bootcamp partition and format it. hope that helps.
  3. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    See above. Also, I have installed Bootcamp three times on this machine (for various reasons). On each occasion the rMBP crashed at least twice, sometimes three times. When first booting into Windows it went grey and stopped. When first shutting down Windows during the installation it died on the blue "shutting down screen". And somewhere else I can't remember. On each occasion, once I had left it a minute or two to keel over I powered off (holding down the power button) and it carried on fine after powering on. Windows is working fine now. Note that there are HUNDREDS of updates to install depending on how up to date your Win7 disk is.
  4. Rodisiac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2011
    Thanks for the replys,
    Yeah I go through the bootcamp assistant just fine, choose my partition (of 45gb) click continue, then after a few minutes it does an auto restart and goes into windows, on to a command screen (black screen with flashing line) and I can't do anything!
    I've tried leaving it for about an hour, but it doesn't appear to be doing anything .
    So I shut down mac, try and launch windows installer CD (holding alt on startup)
    when it comes to 'where would you like to install windows 7' I choose BOOTCAMP partition and it says it's the incorrect format! :(
  5. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
  6. Rocky244 macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2012
    A couple things:

    The 499 gb is normal. That's your actual capacity, not 512 gb.

    It sounds like your partitioning improperly, and by that I mean you're making the partition yourself and then trying to install Windows onto it.

    You should follow BootCamp instructions exactly, and by that I mean starting with a completely unpartitioned hard drive.

    Start with a single unpartitioned hard drive, and run Boot Camp Assistant with your Windows install disk ready to go. Follow the instructions step by step, and then report and problems.

    It sounds like the drive isn't being formatted for NTFS, because in order to format the partition in that storage type a Windows disk has to be present. It will automatically do the proper (NTFS) type if you follow Boot Camp instructions.

    Also, IIRC, it must be a legitimate Window's disk or you will not be able to format NTFS.

    If the issue persists, you do have options.

    You can actually create your own partition outside of Boot Camp that is NTFS, but you have to install Paragon NTFS for mac, as you have Lion. Lion no longer allows you to make NTFS paritions (Snow Leopard did), which is probably why you are having the problem you are having. This option should only be tried after the normal method has been employed. It will require you to make sure that the partition is in NTFS format, which sounds like it may be over your specific skill level (no offense meant).

    Side note: you may encounter some trouble even when following the appropriate methods of BootCamp, such as coming to a screen that says no boot disk available, if that is the case, just restart your computer holding down the ALT key. This will allow you to select the Windows partition to continue installation, or perhaps select the Mac partition in order to try again.

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