3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 6, 2012 2:32 PM by Rich Mays1
Rich Mays1 Level 1 (0 points)

This is in reference to my Macbook 2.16 while attempting to update from 10.5.8 to 10.6.8-- current usage on the Mac partition is 99GB with 33GB free; the Bootcamp partition is 31GB used with 70GB free. I own Paragon Camptune and was considering reducing the size of the bootcamp partition (it can dynamically change partition size). Total HD size is 250GB.


When inserting the disk it showed both partitions and indicated that the Mac "could not be used as a startup disk"; bootcamp simply said it could not without re-initializing-- which makes sense as it is NTFS.


I had naively thought that I could update without changing the bootcamp partition. It has several apps that I do not have original install discs for (they were downloads and are several years old).


It gets down to 2 questions: what should I use to backup the bootcamp/XP partition (and can it be cloned and installed on a different size partition)?


And #2-- why would the installer say the Mac partition "could not be used as a startup disc"? There is enough free space for the installation (>5GB) and I am running 2GB RAM-- the max for this computer.



MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)

    What installation disk are you using to try to install Mac OS X 10.6? You would seem to be using an installer disk from another model of Mac, since you refer to Mac OS X 10.6.8 and the last retail installer came with 10.6.3, and if so that other Mac's disk won't work and is not legal. You need a retail copy of the 10.6 installer (white label with the picture of a snow leopard).


    If you are using a retail version, post back and someone may have ideas.



  • Rich Mays1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was mistaken on the version-- it is 10.6.3 and was sealed in factory pkg with the Snow Leopard image on the disk--says "Install DVD Version 10.6.3 2Z691-6634-A"

  • Rich Mays1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just found out from Applecare that you CANNOT install/upgrade an OS on a disk with bootcamp on it. Now I get to backup bootcamp with either CCC or Winclone, re-initialize the HD, and do a clean install of 10.6, configure bootcamp, and re-install the WinXP stuff.