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installing xp isnt as easy as I thought ....


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Hey everyone,

I kinda ran into a little roadblock. I'm trying to install XP on my macbook. I recently upgraded to leopard. While everything is running smoothly all of a sudden I get an error. When I select the size of the partition I want for windows which is the default 5G. It starts the process then I get the message "it cannot be partitioned, some files can't be moved". Whats that all about? Its really starting to get on my nerves. I need xp on my mac soon. I dont really want to backup everything since I dont have a external HD or any other source. Can some give me any advice?


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Are you installing it through bootcamp or parallels?
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make the partion bigger for a start 5gb for windows isnt happing mate
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I would recommend printing out the Bootcamp instructions as they take you step by step through the process, and also specify minimum partition sizes.

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thanks for all the opinions.

(reel1) I'm running through bootcamp.

(northy124) I have 21g free. so maybe 10 will do the trick.

(chaunce322) I have the instructions. doesn't seem very thorough.

The error says i should back up files and format mac os extended journaling.I checked and I'm sure it already has journaling enabled. weird.
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Sounds like one of your programs is keeping the Boot Camp wizard from being able to repartition the disk. Make sure you have ALL programs, besides the Boot Camp wizard CLOSED completely - use Command-Tab to view running programs, use Command-Q to quit anything running.

If you have programs that are set to start at Login (System Preferences -> Accounts -> Login Items), make sure they are disabled as well.

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Yup tried that too.

would it be possible to manually make a partition and then try to install XP on the new partition?
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Yup tried that too.

would it be possible to manually make a partition and then try to install XP on the new partition?
I don't believe so. That error message has a specific meaning - a program has a lock on the file system. Until you find the program that's causing the problem, it won't matter what you do, you're not going to be able to repartition that drive.

Disable all of your Login items, open Disk Utility and Verify & Repair permissions. Then, do a cold boot (turn the computer completely off and back on). Then try running the Boot Camp wizard again.

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Thank you for your help. Ive tried everything you suggested and still no luck. i even made more room on the HD. its so strange. i cant seem to find the file thats causing the error. so in the mean time im starting to back up my files on dvd
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