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I have to back up the disc before running Bootcamp?

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yeolgigu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 5, 2013 4:37 AM

I need to run Windows on my computer by tomorrow morning for a job.

I'm working on a MacBook Pro (Mac OX S version 10.6.8).


I am very computer illterate and was told to set up Bootcamp.


When I try to start up Bootcamp it gives me two options before proceeding:


  1. Download the Windows Support software for this Mac.
  2. I have the Mac OS X installation disc that came with my Mac or I have already downloaded the Windows support softer for this Mac to a CD, DVD, or external disk.

I keep choosing the second option because when I choose the first option I am given an error that reads, "The Window Support Software is not available."


When I choose the second option I get an error that reads, "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."


I don't know how to do - I don't have an external hard drive, however, most my files are stored on flashdrives and Dropbox (just in case my computer ever happens to crash).


So basically, can someone walk me through how to set this up? It's a bit of an emergency.

I've tried looking up solutions to this problem but become a bit overwhelmed (like I said, "computer illiterate") and can't follow along with the advice.

If anyone could write a possible solution in a kind of step-by-step format, then I'd be very grateful.


Thank you so~ much to anyone who may reply.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)

    That error message tells you that you have more than one partition on your hard disk, so you have to delete it before running Boot Camp.


    1. First of all, if you have important data on that volume, copy it to the first partition before doing anything. You can access to that volume on Finder sidebar.


    2. Open Disk Utility, select your hard disk at the top of the sidebar and go to Partition tab.


    3. You will see a partitions bar with all the partitions of your hard disk. Select the last partition and press - button to delete it.


    4. Then, click at the bottom right corner of the first volume and drag it to the end of the bar, so your OS X partition will use all the space of the hard disk. Finally, press Apply.


    5. Close Disk Utility, open Boot Camp Assistant and follow the steps to install Windows.


    I give you some notes for the Windows installation:


    1. Boot Camp will create a FAT partition; however, Windows Vista and Windows 7 requires a NTFS partition, so on the partitioning screen (it will appear during the Windows installation), you have to select "BOOTCAMP" volume, press "Options" and choose "Format". When it finishes, press "Next" and Windows installation will start.
    2. After installing Windows, you have to install the Boot Camp drivers. Just insert the Snow Leopard DVD and follow the steps to install the drivers. They will give compatibility for all the hardware of your Mac, so you won't have any problem with Windows.
    3. After installing Windows, your Mac will always start into Windows by default. If you want to start into OS X, press X key while your Mac is starting. If you want to start always into OS X, press X key while your Mac is starting, open System Preferences > Startup Disk, and choose "Macintosh HD".
    4. If you do this last step, to start into Windows, you only have to press Option key while your Mac is starting and choose "Windows".


    If you want all the detailed steps to install Windows, you can print this PDF >

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)

    That's strange. In this case, make a backup of your data with Carbon Copy Cloner and reinstall OS X.


    1. Insert the Snow Leopard disc and press C key while your Mac is starting.


    2. Go to Utilities > Disk Utility, select the hard disk at the top of the sidebar and go to Partition tab.


    3. Select "Macintosh HD" and press - button to delete the partition.


    4. Press + button and you will see a partition that will use all the space of the hard disk. You can name it "Macintosh HD", and choose "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as Format, and press Apply.


    5. Connect the external disk with the backup to your Mac, select Macintosh HD in the sidebar and go to Restore tab.


    6. Drag the external disk to "Destination" box and press Restore. When it finishes, restart the Mac and try to use Boot Camp Assistant

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)

    You have to connect an external disk to make the backup. If you don't have one, buy an external disk

  • Star1 Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)

    Hi yeolgigu,

    as mende1 says, you need an 'external HD' to accomplish  what you want to do...

    Since you have about 162GB on your Mac partition now, by formating you would loose all the items you have there (beyond loosing your OS which you can easily re-install).

    And your remaining free space on your HD (88GB) is too small to back-up your existing HD to.

    (Plus it wouldn't help you since you have to wipe THAT HD clean).


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