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    Boot Camp Will Not Allow Me To Partition
    Model Name: MacBook
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Hi. I am trying to Install Windows XP Home Edition on my Macbook using Bootcamp Assistant and when I get to the Partitioning Stage it comes up with a box saying, "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 do not know what this means and please help me to guide myself through this. Thankyou.

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    That error is telling you that your hard drive does not have enough contiguous free space in order to create a partition. You have two choices to correct it:

    1. Erase the hard drive, reinstall OS X, restore from backup. (Using Time Machine.)

    2. Try using a defragmentation program to consolidate the free space on the drive. iDefrag ($29.95)

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    Thank you sooo much but for the time machine it says i need a backup disc or backup something. What exactly is that? Can I use a flash drive or how does that work?

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    It's best to use an external hard drive for a Time Machine backup. A flash drive will most likely be too small and flash drives are usually formatted as FAT-32 or FAT-16. Time Machine will only backup to a drive formatted to the Mac OS X standard: HFS Extended Journaled.

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    Newegg.com - cirago 80GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive CST1080
    would this work? is it compatible for macs?

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    Yes, it will work but it's rather small to be using for Time Machine backups.

    You didn't say how large your internal hard drive is, but you should use a drive as least as large as the one in your machine.

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