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bootcamp partitioning got stuck... now what?

2021 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 3, 2013 12:46 PM by Csound1 RSS
ANCOTX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 30, 2013 8:39 AM

I wanted to create a split partition with bootcamp.  I'm using snow leopard on MBPro.

I used bootcamp assistant, chose a split partition and selected next. The progress bar moved for about 15 minutes before it froze.  it froze for several hours and refused to move.  The whole computer locked up.  I did a hard shutdown and rebooted it.  Now when I go to bootcamp assistant, it won't let me do a split partition because mac is "using" about 3/4 of my HDD. (appears to be used data amount + attempted partition size).  I don't know how to undo a partition attempt. I can't tell if there's another partition on my HDD.  Also, I tried doing a recovery with my snow leopard CD, but all I get is a grey apple and NO activity.  I can see no way to break down the "used" partition.


My mac is messed up.  I cannot do a recovery on it. 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Aug 30, 2013 12:47 PM (in response to ANCOTX)

    Erase the drive and restore your backup.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Aug 30, 2013 1:02 PM (in response to ANCOTX)

    It is the type of thing that anyone would say have backup, will happen.


    And to shrink the partition ahead of time to the desired amount to see if you do have abiltiy and enough free ungramentd (consolidated) free space.


    Booting from another volume to repair the drive FIRST ahead of time doesn't hurt.


    Normally takes less than 5 minutes more like 2-3 minutes to create a partition.


    Clean install and restore from TimeMachine is one way. Installs and updates tend to fragment free space all over the drive. Cloning and an erase and restore considates free space so it will work.


    You would be lucky to have a bootable system, and to repair and do Safe Boot and try to get a clone or DU Restore Image made.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Aug 30, 2013 2:30 PM (in response to ANCOTX)

    Do you have a backup at this time. ?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 6:25 AM (in response to ANCOTX)

    You are going to have to erase your disk, and without a backup you will lose everything.


    Do you know how to boot from the DVD (it's not a CD)

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,250 points)
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    Sep 3, 2013 12:46 PM (in response to ANCOTX)

    Use the first method (option), then use Disk Utility to erase the drive and format it it for MacOS Extended Journaled.


    Then install Snow Leopard.


    If you can't boot like that a visit to an Apple Store will be next.


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