Partitioning Error

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Borja1055, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. Borja1055 macrumors regular

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    I am trying to partition my Macbook to install Windows and am having the following error

    "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. Restore your information to the disk and try using Boot Camp Assistant again."
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    This is a common error
    Basically you have the space, but it is not contiguous (all together)

    Some (not all) have had success with iDefrag, to get the space together

    Others have cloned their system with something like Carbon Copy Cloner, erased the HDD and cloned back
     
  3. Borja1055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks! Im going to go the Carbon Copy route because i could use a backup anyways
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Good luck, and let us know if you have any other questions about the process!
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I've used both iDefrag and CCC, for different reasons. My opinion is backing up/formatting/restoring is a safer approach since your data will largely be untouched. With iDefrag, while relatively safe carries some risk when you reorg your data in place.
     
  6. Borja1055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    If im backing up to a Hard Drive that already has my iMac's data, the previous data will not be overwritten right?
     
  7. Borja1055 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok i finished backing up my hard drive using carbon cloner. What next? lol sorry im a noob with these things
     

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