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won't repartition

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Jul 7, 2013 5:53 PM

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)
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,385 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 5:57 PM (in response to momto3young)

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

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,385 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 6:09 PM (in response to momto3young)

    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.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,385 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 6:34 AM (in response to momto3young)

    momto3young wrote:


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

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

  • Stuart.Garlock Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 11:54 AM (in response to momto3young)

    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.






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