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Fragmented Harddrive, Bootcamp.

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Feb 2, 2013 6:35 PM

I have an iMac (late 2009) with a 500gb hard drive. When i was trying to create a partition for bootcamp I ran into an error because of fragmentation. After deleting almost 200gbs of info i now have about 275gb free on the hd. I bought iDefrag and have ran the Full Defrag and the Compact algorithims. After all this i still run into the same error telling me to restore to a Max OSX (Journaled). I would like to avoid all restoration of hard drive methods if posible (Cloning harddrive, restoring to a backup, ect.). I only want between a 100 and 50 gb partition.

Screen Shot 2013-02-02 at 6.31.21 PM.png

That is a picture of the bitmap at the bottom of the iDefrag for my harddrive. Im confused because i obviously have more that 100 gb avalible.

Thanks for any help.

Bootcamp, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 8:32 AM (in response to MacPartition)

    You need contiguous space and you don't have enough. Follow the directions in the error message. iDefrag rarely if ever can fix this so ....

     

    Backup your drive, erase your drive, restore your drive.

  • MackZack Calculating status...
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    Jun 4, 2013 2:49 PM (in response to MacPartition)

    So I have the same model computer and the same error bootcamp worked fine till I wanted to add more partition space and restarted the prossess now i have this error:

     

    (The 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.)

     

    Im not a "Apple Smart Guy" so i have no clue what to do so could somebody explain to me how to finish this.

     

    What I have done:

     

    - Yesterday... Followed a youtube tutorial on how to use bootcamp and everything worked fine. I had windows up and running!

     

    - Today... 20 gig partition space and I wanted more so I bought a re-partitioner thing (CampTuneX) This dident work so I dicided to just delete the partition and start over... So when I was "Re-Bootcamping" I used 150 gigs and i still had 93 free with that partition when I was in the middle of waiting {THAT ERROR} pops up...

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 3:15 PM (in response to MackZack)

    It's not an error, your hard disk needs defragmentation in order to have enough contiguous space to put the partition in.

     

    The instructions as to how to proceed are right there in your message.

  • MackZack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 3:19 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Can you explain them please... That was my main question

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 3:20 PM (in response to MackZack)

    Oh sure,

     

    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.)

    1. Backup your hard drive so that you can restore to where you are now.

    2. Erase your hard drive

    3. Restore the backup

    4. Done

  • MackZack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 3:31 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Thanks so just to clarify before I mess everything up

    - Copy harddrive to where (?)

    - Erase=Move to Trash and clear trash (?)

    - Restore=Paste it after (?)

    then bootcamp will work?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 3:48 PM (in response to MackZack)

    MackZack wrote:

     

    Thanks so just to clarify before I mess everything up

     

    - Copy harddrive to where (?)

    Do you backup currently, if not you should, but the answer to your question is clone (not copy) your Mac to an external hard drive, one that is big enough to serve as a backup drive going forward from here.

     

    - Erase=Move to Trash and clear trash (?)

    No, you will be using Disk Utility while booted from your clone to erase the disk and reformat it (happens at the same time)

     

    - Restore=Paste it after (?)

    No, you will then reverse the clone operation in order to put everything back.

     

    then bootcamp will work?

    It should if the preparation is done correctly.

     

    Post back if you need more assistance.

  • MackZack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 3:47 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Is there anyway that you have skype or teamveiwer I would pay like 10$ for someone to do this for me. Im not the best when it comes to certian things on computer

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 3:50 PM (in response to MackZack)

    Can't do that I'm afraid but I can get you through it.

     

    I also have one other suggestion, it's a method that sometimes works (don't be disappointed if it doesn't, we have a plan B already)

     

    If you want to try post back.

     

    And ..... do you have a suitable external drive?

  • MackZack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 7:28 PM (in response to MacPartition)

    I dont think I have a 500 gig Hard drive

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 7:33 PM (in response to MackZack)

    You are going to need one, ideally it should be 2 to 3 times the size of the internal (to be used as a backup drive later) but at least the same size.

     

    You should buy one.

     

    I assume that you do not want to try the alternative approach?

  • MackZack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 5, 2013 12:02 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Whats the alternateve

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Jun 5, 2013 12:09 PM (in response to MackZack)

    Boot to the recovery partition and repair the hard drive, this is not guaranteed to work but it can, it's safe and does not take too long so it's worth trying first.

     

    You still need to bckup though, nothing on your machine is safe until then.

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