4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 1, 2012 6:44 AM by DarkFyreFox
DarkFyreFox Level 1 Level 1

I have Windows 7 Premium Home and I have downloaded the Drivers and when I click Boot Camp Assistance to partition my hard drive, it says, "The disk cannot be partitioned because some files cannot be moved. Back up the disk and use Disk Utility to format it as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume. Restore your information to the disk and try using Boot Camp Assistant again." I can't do any backup really because I don't have an external hard drive to work with. I tried repairing disk permissions but that did not do anything. I really need a lot of help with this with some easy, step-by-step tutorials or something. I believe I have a 2006 version of Macbook Pro(4,1).


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), I need help partitioning my Mac
  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    You will most likely need to go and get an external drive then, but before you do try booting to your OSX installation DVD and running Repair Disk from there, some have had luck with that (not me)

     

    Otherwise do as the dialog says, Backup/Erase/Restore.

     

    The message means that you do not have sufficient contiguous space for Boot Camp to partition, the restore will place all files contiguously

  • DarkFyreFox Level 1 Level 1

    I have never really tried to backup my hard drive before and I'm not sure what to expect. What would I have to do exactly?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    Once you have obtained an external drive and connected it you will 'clone' your internal drive to it.

     

    Download Carbon Copy Cloner (it is not free but there is a fully functional trial version which is). Use it to clone your internal drive to your external drive. When that is done you will reboot from the clone and use Disk Utility to erase the internal drive (choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)) as the format (this is normally preset, but check). Make sure to give the external drive a 'distinctive' name, don't want to get drives mixed up in this process.

     

    Once that is done you will use Carbon Copy Cloner (from the clone) to restore the external to the internal.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    DarkFyreFox wrote:

     

    I have never really tried to backup my hard drive before

    As for the wisdom of this I don't know what to say, are your files worthless? without a backup any error, malfunction or accident can remove them from you without warning, you will have an external drive available after you do this so I suggest that you use it to backup in the future, buy the largest drive you can, 1tb is good.

  • DarkFyreFox Level 1 Level 1

    I will have access to one of my friend's hard drive within the next couple of days. When I have access to it, I will continue with this. Thanks

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    I would advise you to buy your own, if this drive is formatted for Windows you will erase everything on it, and you still won't have a backup drive.

     

    Look at it this way

     

    External drive .... $100 or less

    Your files ..... how much are they worth?

     

    But post back if you need help.

  • DarkFyreFox Level 1 Level 1

    The only main things I have to backup are my applications, iTunes(with songs), and various images and text files. Everything else isn't really necessary. I do not know for sure if my friend's hard drive is formatted for Windows or not.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    Look, you can backup or not backup, the choice is yours, as is the stricture not to come here and whine about it if you do lose your stuff ..... deal?

  • DarkFyreFox Level 1 Level 1

    I mean I WILL do a backup, I was just stating that hopefully my friend's external hdd isn't formatted for Windows. If it is, then I will put out a little bit of money for an external hard drive of my own and proceed from there. Once again, thanks.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
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    If your friends drive is useable it will get you out of this hole, but there are plenty of holes long term, buy yourself a drive as soon as you can.