Partitioning Problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Myth, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Myth macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2007
    I've been running Windows XP with Boot Camp on my MacBook for a while now. Just for kicks, I reinstalled OS X to refresh my system. I used Windows for another few hours, but upon a restart it was unable to recognize my keyboard.

    I have an external keyboard too, but that wouldn't be recognized either. I restarted a few times, but to no avail. Finally, I decided that I would simply restore my hard drive to one volume and reinstall windows.

    Well, restoring the drive went fine, but upon trying to repartition, I was met with this error:

    "This 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."

    Now, I'd love to do this, but my disk IS in that format. I'm at a bit of a loss. Please assist.
  2. Schroedinger macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    If I understand your situation, you've just done a fresh install of OS X and are trying to use bootcamp and getting an error. If this is so, I would suggest doing another OS X install, a complete erase and install that covers the entire disk. Then obviously update OS X and then try running Boot Camp again, create the partition and install XP. This is probably the easiest, simplest way if you don't need to save anything on the machine right now. It'll save you the trouble of trying to find the problem.

    If you're trying to be nondestructive, let us know b/c then it's going to get a lot more involved.

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