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already have a partition boot camp won't install

1484 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 9:26 PM by phrarod RSS
phrarod Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 29, 2012 8:50 AM

I have a drive with 2 partitions and I need to install boot camp. When I run the program it wants me to reformatt the entire drive and start all over again. Obvioulsy this is not convenient. So I made a 10GB as suggested partition in a FAT format.


When I run Boot Camp program it will not recognize the partition and still wants me to reformat the entire drive.


Help. I just want to install Win XP on the partition already created and use it for one program occassionally.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)
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    Jun 29, 2012 2:35 PM (in response to phrarod)

    You must create the Boot Camp partition using the Boot Camp Assistant. Only one partition is allowed though. If you want Windows with multiple partitions  then consider Parallels, VM Fusion, or Virtual Box.



    Boot Camp Assistant lets you choose the size for your Windows partition, and then creates that partition on your internal disk drive without erasing any data.


    The disk must be a single partition, formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). If the disk already has more than one partition, you must repartition it.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Jun 29, 2012 3:21 PM (in response to phrarod)

    you need to remove "minus sign" in Disk Utilty, then stretch it back to full size.


    10GB might have worked for XP up to SP2 and support now ?


    Boot Camp Assistant sets up the MBR for you to use Windows.


    A VM avoids the hassle.


    All the help you need from Apple is


    otherwise try the 'net but we have long thread here people refuse to give up on XP but no happy ending.

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)
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    Jun 29, 2012 6:42 PM (in response to phrarod)

    RE: A VM avoids the hassle as recommended by The hatter. This looks like your best bet as you do not have to lose any data or reformat anything. There is a free VM called Virtual box which would do the job. Check it out and smooth sailing.


  • Panther 37 Calculating status...
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    Feb 19, 2013 9:23 PM (in response to phrarod)

    It might be worth it to use wine.  Just make sure you have X11 installed.



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