URGENT HELP NEEDED with Boot Camp Setup

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by xeni, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. xeni macrumors newbie

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    Hello All

    I have a 2009 27inch Core2Duo 8gb ram iMac. The hard drive is a brand new 3TB with a fresh install of 10.8.3. I want to install Windows 7 64bit.
    I set up some basic settings and have a backup at the ready. When I open Boot Camp Assisant and click Continue to the second screen i get this:

    http://i.stack.imgur.com/ez9C8.jpg

    There is only one partition formatted as Extended Journaled with 10.8.3 on it.
    I have tried booting into recovery mode and repairing the disk. I also have done permissions and repair disk from safe mode.

    What could be the issue here? I have no idea what to do and I REALLY need this to work ASAP.


    Thanks in advance,
    xeni
     
  2. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Apple claims that they fixed this problem in 10.8.3 here. I guess they lie typically.

    You can try this or this.
     
  3. blueroom macrumors 603

    blueroom

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    The 2009 iMac probably doesn't support >2GB internal HDDs.
     
  4. xeni thread starter macrumors newbie

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    vistadude,

    Yes they have fixed the problem. The issue is in the screenshot. Boot Camp Assistant would have told me that it didnt support 3tb. The 10.8.3 update did fix it. And yes i have seen those pages. But it shouldnt be the issue.

    blueroom,

    are you serious? Could you please tell me where you know this from, whether its experience or a site, because I had the brand new 3tb internal put in by an Apple Authorised Service Provider.
     
  5. blueroom macrumors 603

    blueroom

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    Since there is no official >2TB internal for a 2009 iMac there would be no reason for Apple to upgrade the EFI to support it. Even external drive encloses USB / FW require recent firmware for >2GB support.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1475442


    PS I'm surprised it even works with OSX, on an unsupported PC BIOS it would have given you about 800GB and thrown away 2GB.
     
  6. xeni thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have successfully followed this thread and gotten the Boot Camp 5.0.0 installer from a previous backup and it partitions the drive and launches the Windows Install disc successfully. But then when I click on the Boot Camp partition (the fourth one on the list with EFI, Main install and Recovery before it) and click format as per Apple's instructions. It does the format but does not allow me to continue as it says it can't install to a GPT partition. So I read somewhere that an EFI Boot would do it so I restarted the Mac holding option and saw 4 options, Mac OS X, Recovery, Windows and EFI Boot so I tabbed over to that and pressed enter to get... nothing. Nothing changed and it just sits there so I have restarted the Mac and deleted the partition with Boot Camp Assistant and then retried to get the same results. Do you have any other ideas apart from a VM?
     
  7. ianwuk macrumors regular

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    I had this issue recently too. Never solved it and did not want to reformat so now I just run Windows 7 through VMWare Fusion. It is fine for me as I just need it for work and not gaming.
     
  8. xeni thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah thats a shame. I am still determined to get this to work somehow...
     

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