6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 8, 2013 11:54 AM by Stuart.Garlock
momto3young Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have been trying to restore Windows 7 to a partitioned iMac (late 2009).  I am having to start all over, apparently and have gotten to the point where I designate space for the Mac and for the Windows .  I am getting a message that says I have to erase my Mac side, or something to that effect, before partitioning.  Is this true?  Am I getting this right?  It says that some files can't be moved. 

 

HELP!  I am getting very frustrated, as there seems to be some new quirk every time I make an adjustment, and my Apple care expired recently.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • 1. Re: won't repartition
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,440 points)

    Yes, that is correct, you do not have sufficient contiguous space for Boot Camp. Just follow the instructions in the dialog box.

  • 2. Re: won't repartition
    momto3young Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is there no other way?  I thought wiping the Windows side would be bad enough--lots to reload.  So all programs, all files, everything is going to get wiped out?

  • 3. Re: won't repartition
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,440 points)

    That's why you back it up first, so you don't have to reinstall the entire OSX partition. If you don't have a backup I suggest that you take care of that first.

  • 4. Re: won't repartition
    momto3young Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I made a back up, but can't move forward.

  • 5. Re: won't repartition
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,440 points)

    momto3young wrote:

     

    I made a back up, but can't move forward.

    I have no idea what you mean, try a little more detail.

  • 6. Re: won't repartition
    Stuart.Garlock Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I have dealt with noncontiguous errors before. Here are the steps that I have taken to solve the problem:

     

    1: Make a Time Machine Backup of you system

     

    2: Boot into a USB Flash Key or your install DVD to reinstall OSX

     

    3: Use Disk Utility on the Flash Key or DVD to reformat your hard disk

     

    4: Restore your drive from your time machine backup.

     

    After you complete these steps you should be able to create a fresh windows partition.

     

    Best,

     

    Stuart-