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Dazteam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Just removed my Windows partition and was trying to repartition when I got this error message

" The disk cannot be partioned because some files cannot be moved. Back up the disk and use disk utility to format it as a single mac os extended journaled format volume. Restore your infomration to the disk and try using boot camp assistant again"

Not sure exactly what this means or what I need to do. My hard drive is formatted in said format and I ran disk utility and repaired disk permissions. Does this have something to do with me removing the previous partition? Any help would greatly appreciated.
  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
    Dazteam wrote:
    Just removed my Windows partition and was trying to repartition when I got this error message

    " The disk cannot be partioned because some files cannot be moved. Back up the disk and use disk utility to format it as a single mac os extended journaled format volume. Restore your infomration to the disk and try using boot camp assistant again"

    Not sure exactly what this means or what I need to do. My hard drive is formatted in said format and I ran disk utility and repaired disk permissions. Does this have something to do with me removing the previous partition? Any help would greatly appreciated.


    You do not state what OS or computer you are using.
    How did you remove the Winders partition? DU or BCA.app?
    Did you ever install Techtool eDisk? That causes this problem.
  • Dazteam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am using Leopard and happen to have a Macbook Pro (one of the newer ones) I removed the partition by using Boot Camp Assistant and do not have the Techtool Edisk. Does that narrow it down a bit?
  • Patrick Cuyegkeng Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    I'm having this same problem. I just erased my Windows partition using BCA, and now I can't create a new one because of this error.

    I initially had a 20 GB Windows partition on my hard drive, which I wanted to wipe out and reinstall to Vista. Cleanest way I figured would be to simply take out the partition, repartition the drive, then install. I've done nothing in between removing the partition and trying to create a new one.

    I've never touched Techtool eDisk.

    Any other sage advice? Completely reformatting the computer and reinstalling OS X and all of my apps/data is a serious PITA...
  • Dazteam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am in the exact same boat with the above user. I just removed the partition with the BCA and tried to install a new one when this occured. Does the version of boot camp have anything to do with the situation? Is the only answer really to back up and reformat the entire computer?
  • Saroj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Please give details what you did for the below :
    take out the partition ?
    repartition the drive ?
    then install ?
    ===
    In my case I did the same but there was a catch, which I figured out (dont know whether this is a bug or feature)

    Before deleting my windows partion it was showing as below
    120 MB + iMac partition + 200 MB unallocated + windows partiion
    I deleted the windows partition and now it was
    120 MB + iMac partition + unallocated(200 MB + windows partiion size)
    I created a new partion form the unallocated ones and tries installing Windows and it failed.

    After reapeating the steps below is my conclusion
    :Boot camp is not supporting multiple parttions (Can someone confirm the same or prove me wron ?)
    :the 200 MB unallocated space shown during Windows installation should not be touched. [That forces in using only one partion created by BCA)
  • Dazteam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    All I did was remove the partition through BCA and then attempted to re create the partition immediately after. Then I got this message. No clue what I did wrong or anything.
  • DataLynx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just Upgraded to MacBook Pro from MacBook. No Boot Camp install issues with MacBook using Tiger or Leopard. Tried to Install Windows with Boot Camp on the new MacBook Pro and received same error message (The disk cannot be partioned because some files cannot be moved.) There was no prior partition created and then deleted as in your problem. I received this error message on a virginal drive.
  • Patch22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've been having the same problem. I have a macbook pro running os x 10.5.2. First time I used boot camp assistant to make a partition it worked wonderfully. I needed to make a bigger partition though so I used BCA to remove my original partition and now it says "some files cannot be moved...", the same issue that others have mentioned. My hard drive is Journaled, just like it wants, but still it refuses to partition. I have backed up my HD, but I was hoping to find a fix a little less complicated and time consuming than a complete restore.
  • kmgaston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The same exact thing is happening to me, i had an XP on my macbook and got rid of it to make a new one but it wont let me and gave me

    Back up the disk and use Disk Utility to format it as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume.

    Can someone PLEASE help us on this one
  • andylong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't know if it's a new problem, or part of the ame one, but FWIW here's my story:-

    I'd bought a new macbook pro when they first came out, with Tiger installed. I kept it up to date with software updated, but never went as far as putting BootCamp on it. When I got Leopard, I installed it as an update. The system was set up with a single HD (journaled).

    Came the time that I wanted to install Boot Camp, I started up the BCA and tried to partition he HD to have a 32GB partition for Windows. BCA refused to partition the disk, saying that 'some files cannot be moved'. SO I backed up, and did a clean re-install of Leopard, but first I went to Disk Utility to create two partitions , one for Mac and one for Windows. Created a 32GB partition called BootCamp at the end of the hard disk.

    Stuck the Windows XP Home 2002 (including SP 2, for 'users with windows 95 or earlier, or pcs without windows'. an BCA to start the windows installer. Installation copies all the files to the Windows partition (re-formatted as NTFS) and gets to the bit about 'restarting in 10 9 8... '. Then reboots and says 'hard disk error. press any key to restart.'

    I've tried using the 'repair' option on the boot CD. Not as easy as it used to be in NT. I tried a 'fixboot' assuming that the boot sector might be improperly installed, but no change.

    Next plan is to get the installer to hard reformat the partition. Any one with any ideas further than this?

    Regards, Andy
  • Keith Dubya Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    So there's nothing we can do besides a complete restore?
  • saba01 Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
    We do have the same problem, after trying to make the partition bigger.

    If I have to formate the drive, we will loose some licenses what would make it cheaper to buy a new PC. Backup now fails, I thing out of the same reason.

    Man --- how I hate Windows........

    Any idea? I still need it.
  • DougDoug Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I'm having a similar problem on my new Macbook Pro. Started Bootcamp assistant and it says "some files cannot be moved...", the same issue that others have mentioned- although I've never before partitioned the HDD on this machine, nor previously used Bootcamp. VERY reticent to reformat and restore complete system - surely there must be another answer to this problem out there?
    Hardware as indicated
    Software is Leopard 10.5.4
  • DougDoug Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Found the solution in another thread - purchased iDefrag (not expensive), defragged HDD, retried Bootcamp assistant, worked fine!!
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