Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Boot Camp Will Not Allow Me To Partition

    Member Since
    Dec 09, 2010
    Posts
    6
    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.

  2. #2
    Boot Camp Will Not Allow Me To Partition
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    45,292
    Specs:
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    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)

  3. #3
    Boot Camp Will Not Allow Me To Partition

    Member Since
    Dec 09, 2010
    Posts
    6
    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?

  4. #4
    Boot Camp Will Not Allow Me To Partition
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    45,292
    Specs:
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    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.

  5. #5
    Boot Camp Will Not Allow Me To Partition

    Member Since
    Dec 09, 2010
    Posts
    6
    Newegg.com - cirago 80GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive CST1080
    would this work? is it compatible for macs?

  6. #6
    Boot Camp Will Not Allow Me To Partition
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    45,292
    Specs:
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    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.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Boot camp software disappeared after removing boot camp partition
    By Metadopa in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-01-2012, 11:12 AM
  2. Un-Partition Boot Camp
    By ShalomJerome in forum OS X - Apps and Games
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-08-2011, 06:10 PM
  3. Boot Camp partition gone?
    By PrimalYeti in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-23-2010, 03:17 PM
  4. The Boot Camp Partition?
    By Tarek in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-06-2009, 06:18 PM
  5. is it better to play games on VMware running boot camp partition than boot camp?
    By mitch90 in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-09-2008, 02:21 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •