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Can't install Windows 7 (NTFS partition)

37153 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 10, 2010 11:15 AM by invisiblebike RSS
mulkmon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 5, 2010 5:49 PM
New MacBook Pro (bought in August with version 10.5.8), just updated to Snow Leopard. Boot Camp is v. 3.

Created a 100GB partition for Windows using Bootcamp, clicked install and inserted the Windows 7 64-bit disk. Did this twice - same error "Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS."

I was never asked - I thought any partition >32GB was by default NTFS?
iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Pedro Level 2 Level 2 (455 points)
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    Jan 5, 2010 5:57 PM (in response to mulkmon)
    Boot Camp only makes FAT32 partitions.

    The Win7 DVD is supposed to format NTFS for you

    But you go to do that when the available partitions are shown

    Look for the Format option.

    You were on the right page but you missed the option to format.
    27" i7 iMac; MacPro1,1/3GHz/4GB/nVidia8800GT/30" Cinema, Mac OS X (10.6.2), MacPro3,1/3.2GHz/16GB/nVidia8800GT/30"+23" Cinemas
  • Pedro Level 2 Level 2 (455 points)
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    Jan 5, 2010 6:02 PM (in response to mulkmon)
    The correct partition is called BOOTCAMP. Keep it highlighted and choose to format.
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  • invisiblebike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 10, 2010 11:12 AM (in response to Pedro)
    I have the same problem. I have "Disk 0 Partition 3: BOOTCAMP" highlighted. There is no option to "format." I just see an error message. "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 3." I click for details, and it says, "Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. Windows must be installed to a partition formatted as NTFS."

    I've seen screenshots of the install screen with the format button, so I know what it's supposed to look like. I'm not missing it.

    EDIT: NEVER MIND, I'm a dum-dum. I didn't click disk options or whatever to get to the screen with the format options.

    Message was edited by: invisiblebike
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Pedro Level 2 Level 2 (455 points)
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    Jan 10, 2010 11:08 AM (in response to invisiblebike)
    You have not looked far enough. There is no format button on that first partition list screen. On that screen is a clickable link, something like Disk Options if I remember correctly. Use that to get to the Format function.
    27" i7 iMac; MacPro1,1/3GHz/4GB/nVidia8800GT/30" Cinema, Mac OS X (10.6.2), MacPro3,1/3.2GHz/16GB/nVidia8800GT/30"+23" Cinemas
  • invisiblebike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 10, 2010 11:15 AM (in response to Pedro)
    Thanks! I'm kind of impatient, but I figured it out.
    iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.6.2)

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