My Partition isn't working...

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  1. scoutcrafter macrumors newbie

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    Im new at using a Mac, and I've been working for a few weeks trying to figure everything out so I could partition my drive to use windows for the new Star Wars: The Old Republic game.

    I have successfully partitioned my drive with 30 GB for Windows, but windows took 10 GB, and the game takes 20GB. So I erased the partition and am trying to add more GB. I could go up to 50 GB and still be fine, but i keep getting this message when I try to do it: The disk cannot be partitioned because some files cannot be moved; Back up the disk and use Disk Utility to format it as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume...

    I understand what i need to do, but it won't let me format my drive. I have a Macbook 5.2. How do I go about getting this to work? How can I partition my drive to at least 40GB?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Have you backed up your Mac OS X HDD?
    If so, you need to use Disk Utility to erase the partition, while booted into the Lion Recovery Partition.

    OS X Lion: About Lion Recovery
    Lion Recovery Disk Assistant



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    Links to guides on how to use Disk Utility, the application Mac OS X provides for managing internal and external HDD/SSDs and its formats.
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  3. scoutcrafter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm actually using snow leopard. Yes I've backed up my hard drive. So do I do the same thing of I'm using snow leopard?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    To create a Clean Install (formerly known as Erase & Install) of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (the 29 USD Upgrade DVD is a fully working retail version of Mac OS X and does not need a prior installation of Mac OS X on the Mac), follow one of the following guides:
    Short version: Clean Install of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    Long version: Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard: How to Erase and Install
     
  5. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    You'll need either the recovery cd that came with the macbook or a retail install disk.

    Either way, you should consider backing up your data before you format the drive.

    Did you delete the 30 gig partition or are you just trying to resize it?
     
  6. scoutcrafter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did delete the partition, to start over. Ive backed everything up on an external harddrive. I do have the retail install disk. I'm now going into surgery! wish me luck!!!:D
     
  7. scoutcrafter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It worked! Thanks for all the help, guys! Sure appreciate it!:D
     

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