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Installing Windows 7 via BootCamp: Steps?

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interxavier01 Calculating status...
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Feb 8, 2013 5:07 AM

Hi, I want to install Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro (15", Winter 2011 Edition, 2.2 GHz Intel Quad-Core) using BootCamp. I tried to do it last night but I encountered the 'Files cannot be moved' problem. I tried using iDefrag (got a copy from my friend) but it still won't let me partition the hard drive. I'm now going to do the 'back-up method'. Now, I want to do this right so I want the following concerns tackled:

 

  • I'm using a Western Digital external hard rive to back-up my stuff via Time Machine. Is this alright? Yes, I formatted the hard drive to Mac OS Journaled.
  • How do I erase my MacBook?
  • If I erase my MacBook, how do reinstall it? I don't have a copy of a Mac OS X installation disk.

 

Thanks in advance!

MacBook Pro
  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,550 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 6:01 AM (in response to interxavier01)

    Your question has been asked and answered many times in the Bootcamp forum https://discussions.apple.com/community/windows_software/boot_camp

     

    Rather than posting here in the Macbook Pro forum You should go over to the Bootcamp forum and read the solutions.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 8:14 AM (in response to interxavier01)

    interxavier01 wrote:

     

    Hi, I want to install Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro (15", Winter 2011 Edition, 2.2 GHz Intel Quad-Core) using BootCamp. I tried to do it last night but I encountered the 'Files cannot be moved' problem. I tried using iDefrag (got a copy from my friend) but it still won't let me partition the hard drive. I'm now going to do the 'back-up method'. Now, I want to do this right so I want the following concerns tackled:

     

    • I'm using a Western Digital external hard rive to back-up my stuff via Time Machine. Is this alright? Yes, I formatted the hard drive to Mac OS Journaled.
    • How do I erase my MacBook?
    • If I erase my MacBook, how do reinstall it? I don't have a copy of a Mac OS X installation disk.

     

    Thanks in advance!

    Don't use a Time Machine backup for this, use a clone.

    Why do you want to erase your Mac?

    Can't tell you how to re-install without knowing which version of OSX came with your machine.

     

    PS: iDefrag rarely (never?) works for this

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