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    so im in bootcamp trying to install windows and while it was partitioning i got this message
    "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 again" what do i do?

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    Insert your Mac OS X installation disc, restart your computer, once the white screen appears right after it starts up, hold the C key. It will boot into the installation disc, press Utilities (or Applications) it will be on the top, and choose Disk Utility.

    Click on the primary hard disk (Macintosh HD), not the partition but the Hard Disk itself, and click Check Permissions, then Repair Permissions. Then Check Hard Disk for Errors (or something like that), then repair.

    Restart your computer and you should be able to partition. Also keep in mind that while you're choosing the size of the Boot Camp partition, you must leave out at least 8GB for the Macintosh partition.

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    i will try that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yabz View Post
    i will try that
    Let us know, but that probably is not going to work. The message you received is really stating that you don't have enough contiguous space on the drive to create a BC partition. In other words, the drive is fragmented. That will either require a reinstall of OS X or the use of third party software to defragment the drive.

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    chscag, I used the receive the exact same error a lot, and that's how I always managed to fix it. Sure hope it works for him.

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    Hello, I have this exact same error.

    I would like to install windows and it keeps giving me this error. I will try the technique outlined above. Has it NOT worked for anyone before?

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    Repairing the disk using the Snow Leopard DVD always worked for me.

    Follow the instructions I posted earlier and it will work, I guarantee it.

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    Thank you I will try this.

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