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I Can't Partition My Hard Drive (Files Can't Be Moved)

7718 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 20, 2010 10:50 AM by temhawk RSS
temhawk Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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Mar 5, 2010 7:23 AM

today I wanted to install Windows XP Professional (SP 3). I printed the Boot Camp Documentation and followed the Boot Camp Assistant. I chose a 12 GB partition (my iMac's 320 GB hard disk drive currently has a little less than 40 GB of free space available) and began the partitioning process. The progress bar slowly grew from left to right.

After a minute or two I realized that I need an installation disc for Windows. I grabbed a 4.7 GB DVD-RW (which was already written to) and slipped it into the Optiarc drive. Shortly after that the partitioning process failed with an error message saying that there were files that can't be moved.

Slightly discouraged, I decided to create my Windows install disc before dealing with this problem. Although this wasn't such a straight-forward task (the first burning attempt failed due to a medium write error right before it finished, and don't forget weird noises when inserting the disc the second time) I managed to successfully burn the .iso image containing the Windows install within three attempts.

I then tried to partition my disk again, numerous times, but didn't get lucky; the same error after the same two, three minutes. What is it with Boot Camp and my hard drive? I hope there is an answer to that, and I hope the solution wont require me to backup all of my files, reformat my HDD in "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)", and restore all of my files from the backup, as I don't have an external hard drive to which I could backup to!

I KNOW I am stupid for even trying this without a backup, and I would be devastated if I lost all of my data, but I am an optimist (in respect to catastrophes at least). I also need to get Windows ASAP, so, while a backup drive is on its way, I decided to just risk it.

Has anyone here had the same issue and managed to work around it? (Preferably without any backups involved!) If not, does somebody have advice, OTHER than… (well, you know already)?

I would appreciate any responses, even if, I guess, it's just to tell me that I should most definitely wait until I get an external disk to backup to.


20" Aluminum iMac (Spring 2008): 2,66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and a 320 GB HDD, Mac OS X (10.6.2), The iMac has 2 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM. My 16 GB iPhone 3GS is running 3.1.2.
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,575 points)
    12GB and you will wish you had more space.

    You could test run XP in a Virtual Machine for free (VirtualBox) while waiting for new drives and for backup.
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
  • JPimages Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I recently set out to install Boot Camp and Windows 7 on my MBP. Ran into the same problem. iDefrag solved my issues, too. The full defrag from bootable CD took many hours (finished sometime while I was asleep), but when I ran the boot camp partition wizard afterwards, it created it with no problem.

    ...and fwiw, I clicked the 32GB button and with nothing other than Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), iTunes, a couple of browsers, MS Security Essential and QuickTax installed, I have 13.1 GB free. Just a little bit of food for thought when you are deciding how big to make the boot camp partition.
    MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,575 points)
    Always feel it is best to make a clone and restore, or if you use any program to shuffle files, make the clone anyway/also. A RESTORE from the clone should work (and does 90+%) safely and fast.

    And do so booted from backup bootable drive (the one you cloned, that insures you have a working clone).
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216


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