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Hey guys, so im trying to do a boot camp on my macbook but when i try it says i cant because some files cant be moved. So now im wondering if i could reformat the hard drive with out having to reinstall mac osx from a disk (since i dont have the install disk any more), Or if i theres a way to "force" the partition to move those files so i can make a boot camp partition?

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=397567

check that out and


http://www.macobserver.com/tip/2003/06/16.1.shtml

i hope i helped you out!!! (:
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check your rep
whats that supposed to mean by chance?
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I think the latest Macbooks have that option.



its a first gen macbook aluminum unibody (2007-2008?) im trying to reinstall on =[

I have a current gen macbook air if that helps any =[ Im not sure if you can make back up or recovery disks from any of those? *sigh*
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hmm okay so after some reading, im thinking of trying to copy the image of my hard drive onto an external, then reformat it and copy it back, what would be the best way to copy the image onto an external?

My other option, lets say i managed to find the data that would be on the install disk (OS x 10.6).. but needed to burn it onto a cd.. whats a good program to do that?

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Originally Posted by DNytAftr View Post
Hey guys, so im trying to do a boot camp on my macbook but when i try it says i cant because some files cant be moved. So now im wondering if i could reformat the hard drive with out having to reinstall mac osx from a disk (since i dont have the install disk any more), Or if i theres a way to "force" the partition to move those files so i can make a boot camp partition?

Any suggestions?

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The Disk is like $35 on Amazon. I'd recommending getting another.

Another option if you just need to install Windows is burn an Ubuntu live cd and use Gparted to manually grown and shrink the MacOSX volume.
    
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I would do it on a mac. Disk Utility is a VERY good factory program. It does especially well for the task your asking for. From my experience windows could not properly burn OS X because it couldn't read it.
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The Disk is like $35 on Amazon. I'd recommending getting another.

Another option if you just need to install Windows is burn an Ubuntu live cd and use Gparted to manually grown and shrink the MacOSX volume.
ah so i can buy the snow leopard cd and wont need the orginal that came with the macbook? (just wondering since it said upgrade on the site so i thought it might not work, and i can get it for $15-$20 at my university tech store ) Like i wouldnt need to install the orginal install disk then use the upgrade cd, i could just use the upgrade SL cd?

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I would do it on a mac. Disk Utility is a VERY good factory program. It does especially well for the task your asking for. From my experience windows could not properly burn OS X because it couldn't read it.
hmm so disk utility, time to look into that
Edited by DNytAftr - 4/25/11 at 11:22am
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ah so i can buy the snow leopard cd and wont need the orginal that came with the macbook? (just wondering since it said upgrade on the site so i thought it might not work, and i can get it for $15-$20 at my university tech store )

hmm so disk utility, time to look into that
Since your mac is down right now. I would hunt for someone else who has one. I'm guessing your image is a dmg and your have a dual layer dvd? I think you can also mount the dmg on a flash drive and boot that way. Don't quote me on that.
Edited by KBcobra - 4/25/11 at 11:25am
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Since your mac is down right now. I would hunt for someone else who has one. I'm guessing your image is a dmg and your have a dual layer dvd? I think you can also mount the dmg on a flash drive and boot that way. Don't quote me on that.
hmm i believe its a dmg (dont have it with me at the moment) but i got a dL dvd. So i could use the disk utility to burn the info onto the dvd and be able to i guess boot from it? currently i have a macbook air i could use with an OEM external cd drive.. i could use that
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