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Boot Camp Partition - Increase Size

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David Lynx Calculating status...
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Dec 3, 2007 9:07 PM
Now that I am on Leopard and using Boot Camp 2.0, is there a better way to increase the size of the partition without erasing and starting over?
PowerPC G4, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • StrangeDNA Calculating status...
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    Dec 23, 2007 7:27 AM (in response to David Lynx)
    I was told my my Mac buddy that you can change the partition size without deleting it and starting over. Was this just a feature in the Boot Camp beta or can this still be done in Leopard? I'm still trying to find the method for doing this, if it's even possible.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • mike4u Calculating status...
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    Dec 29, 2007 3:05 AM (in response to David Lynx)
    Hi,
    I was told that Leopard Boot Camp and Parallels are compatible now. Is there a possibility to use the Boot Camp partition as a parallels disk?

    I am als looking forward for a possibility to extend the windows partition.

    Regards.
    Mike
    MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.5.1), ambient about 23 deg C
  • Michael Sneider1 Calculating status...
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    Dec 31, 2007 1:32 PM (in response to David Lynx)
    I do not believe there is any way to increase the size of the Boot Camp partition without erasing it and starting over, even with Leopard's Boot Camp 2.0 (Boot Camp Assistant).
    Mac Pro 2.66GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 6GB RAM, 30" Cinema display
  • midtoad@shaw.ca Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jan 2, 2008 5:35 PM (in response to mike4u)
    yes there is a way; I'm using a separate partition on my hard drive for my WinXP installation. I can either boot directly into Windows using Boot Camp, or start OS X and then run Parallels and have it use the physical partition instead of a virtual machine.

    To do this your OS X partition has to be partitioned in a certain way. Boot Camp assistant will help you with that.
    MBP 15" 2.0 GHz/2.0 GB/160 GB HD + an original functioning Macintosh, Mac OS X (10.5.1), I also run Ubuntu Linux, WinXP in Parallels
  • srizvi1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    How do you do this? I have already installed Win XP via Bootcamp on my computer (however, I think I'm going to have to delete and redo this because I did not designate enough space to this partition - I did 5.6 GB and have only 204.1 MB left after installing Office 2003).
    15" 2.2ghz MacBook Pro SR, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Wife's computer: 15" 2.16ghz MacBook Pro C2D w/ 3GB RAM, Home Comp: 1.42ghz Mac Mini PPC w/ 1GB Ram
  • midtoad@shaw.ca Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    on my new Mac, I was able to reduce the size of the OS X partition using Boot Camp Assistant, and that made room for a brand-new WinXP partition. I then copied my Windows installation off my MacBook Pro and onto the new partition. That's quite a bit different from what it sounds like you are trying to do, which is enlarge your Windows partition.

    But here's a thought. Use Disk Utility to 'restore' your Windows installation to an external drive, and use Time Machine to back up your OS X partition (just to be safe). Then use Boot Camp Assistant to resize your two partitions, or else Disk Utility. If that wrecks your Windows installation, follow my steps above on how I moved Windows from one drive to another.
    iMac alu. 20" 2.0 GHz/4.0 GB, Mac Mini (server), original Macintosh, Mac OS X (10.5.1), I also run Ubuntu Linux, WinXP in Parallels
  • srizvi1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    On my wife's comp, I went into Bootcamp Assistant and was only able to make changes if I was to delete her Windows partition. Since I had only installed XP and Office 2003 so far, I just restarted the partition from scratch, this time making her partition 11GB instead of 6GB. Now she should be all set.

    The problem now is with my MBP though and my Windows. I had originally set my windows partition to 7GB and find myself needing more. But, I had made this partition when I was doing the Leopard install - not via Bootcamp. As a result, the Bootcamp Assistant doesn't let me do anything. Also, I had made a 15GB partition for Tiger too just in case I still needed it. Now, I'd like make my Tiger Partition 10GB and my Windows Partition 12GB, but am not sure how to go about doing that without resetting my entire comp from scratch.

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    15" 2.2ghz MacBook Pro SR w/ 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Wife's Computer: 15" 2.16ghz MacBook Pro C2D w/ 3GB RAM & Home Comp: 1.42ghz PPC Mac Mini w/ 1GB
  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
    You would do better posting in the BootCamp forum.
    http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=237
    Your issue is not related to Leopard Install and Setup
    Dual G5, MacBookPro 15, MacBookPro3,1 17 Core2Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Vista Ultimate 64-bit on MBP/17", homebrew 3GHz PC, Dell Inspiron8k
  • midtoad@shaw.ca Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    good suggestion, thanks for the tip.
    iMac alu. 20" 2.0 GHz/4.0 GB, Mac Mini (server), original Macintosh, Mac OS X (10.5.1), I also run Ubuntu Linux, WinXP in Parallels
  • srizvi1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Just wanted to clarify something - though I made my partitions on my 15" 2.2ghz MBP SR without Bootcamp Assistant (I sent the partitions as I was doing the Leopard install (clean - with an erase & install option), I was able to move around my partitions on my comp just fine w/ Disk Utility. So I made my Tiger partition smaller and made my Windows Partition bigger (killing the XP that was installed on here). But I think I'm just going to get rid of Bootcamp and depend solely on Parallels.
    15" 2.2ghz SR MacBook Pro w/ 2GB RAM (Soon to be 4GB RAM), Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • midtoad@shaw.ca Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    there's one huge advantage to using Boot Camp that you might want to consider. You can of course boot your Mac directly into Windows with a Boot Camp partition, but I don't do that very often. Rather, I make use of a capability in Parallels: it can use that physical Windows partition to run Windows. The advantage of doing this over using a Parallels virtual machine is obvious. With the Boot Camp partition, you are running Parallels with real files on a real file system on a real hard drive. If you choose instead to run Windows inside a regular Parallels virtual machine, your entire Windows partition is actually just a single file. If there is any corruption at all in that file, you just lost your entire Windows installation.
    iMac alu. 20" 2.0 GHz/4.0 GB, Mac Mini (server), original Macintosh, Mac OS X (10.5.1), I also run Ubuntu Linux, WinXP in Parallels
  • srizvi1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Very helpful information midtoad@shaw.ca. For my specific needs though, I'm mainly planning on working with web development so what I develop will be uploaded. There won't be much that's left behind on my comp. Even then, I back up regularly via Time Machine so if something did go wrong, I would have a previous build that works that I could resort to. But this is definitely something to consider for someone else with different needs.
    15" 2.2ghz MacBook Pro SR w/ 2GB RAM (Soon to be 4GB RAM), Mac OS X (10.4.10), Wife's Comp: 15" 2.16ghz MBP C2D w/ 3GB RAM & Home Comp: 1.42ghz PPC Mac Mini
  • srizvi1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I know we decided that the topics mentioned in this thread are better off discussed in the Bootcamp subforum, but I wanted to ask one more thing..

    midtoad@shaw.ca:
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    But here's a thought. Use Disk Utility to 'restore' your Windows installation to an external drive...


    I had followed this advice to backup my Windows Bootcamp partition to my external HD. I had wanted to backup my Bootcamp partition because I had just finished running all the updates for windows XP and in case something went wrong, I wanted to be able to resume from this state.

    However, when I ran Disk Utility and "restored" my windows installation to my external drive, the following happened:

    Folders were created:
    3fe.. w/ subfolder update
    38fca... w/ subfolder update
    81b7... w/ subfolder update
    AUTOEXEC.BAT
    CONFIG.SYS
    Documents and Settings
    Intel
    Program Files
    RHDSetup.log
    WINDOWS

    When I noticed that these folders weren't created together in one place and were mixed with my stuff I already had on the external HD so I tried to move everything into one folder called Bootcamp_Backup. However, I couldn't move the Program Files folder. I could only copy it. So I checked my permissions and it seems only system can read and write. So I tried to go in through Terminal to the Volume and saw the following additional files in the Volume:


    Desktop DB System Volume Information
    Desktop DF
    IO.SYS
    MSDOS.SYS boot.ini
    MSOCache ntldr
    NTDETECT.COM pagefile.sys

    So now I'm wondering a few things.

    1) How can I get rid of this Program Files folder?

    2) What would be the best way for me to backup my Bootcamp partition as it is right now so if anything goes wrong, I can just erase what's on the Bootcamp Volume and put this on instead?

    3) What should I do about these other (hidden?) files that I see when I access my External HD through terminal?
    15" 2.2ghz MacBook Pro SR w/ 2GB RAM (Soon to be 4GB RAM), Mac OS X (10.5.1), Wife's Comp: 15" 2.16ghz MBP C2D w/ 3GB RAM & Home Comp: 1.42ghz PPC Mac Mini
  • partmachine Calculating status...
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    Mar 28, 2008 5:36 AM (in response to midtoad@shaw.ca)
    I am very keen to know if it is possible to increase the size of the ntfs xp partition, thus reducing the osx partition using bootcamp, without formatting.
    mbp15", Windows XP

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