Boot Camp Assistant crashes during partition

Since i use a MacBook I have been getting a bit annoyed at not being able to test my sites in IE6 or IE7 unless i go home and turn on the pc. Sure i can run IE6 in X11 but its slow and a little buggy, plus IE7 doesn’t run at all.

Since i am running Leopard i thought that i would try and install boot camp and then run Windows XP on a new partition on the hard drive. There are tons of tutorials about how to do this and the process is simple but you may have tried doing it only to find Boot Camp crashed whilst making the partition and you end up having to do a hard reset… this will happen time and time again until you do a little bit of tricky.

So here is a quick step by step guide to getting boot camp to work 100%, the guide assumes that you have already tried using boot camp and that it crashed whilst creating a partition…

1) Boot camp has just crashed…
Bootcamp Crashed

2) Place your Leopard install disk 1 into the CD drive and turn off the computer

3) Whilst booting up keep your finger pressed on the C key, this forces your mac boot from the dvd drive

4) Wait ages until OSX installation gets going and the on the menu bar find Disk Utility

5) Select your hard drive in Disk Utility (DU) and click repair…
What we are doing here is rebuilding the partition because when Boot Camp crashed it was half way through creating a new one, thus you will have less space available if you don’t repair the disk

6) Wait for repair to finish and then reboot the machine, again holding C to load the OSX install disk

7) Now we are going to go back into Disk Utility and create the partition that boot camp was supposed too.
The reason boot camp is crashing is caused by it trying to move files from the space that it was going to partition. Since Boot Camp was running in OSX it could not move the files and sent the kernel into a panic. Now we are booting from a CD so by creating the partition we are forcing it to move the files into a different area.

8 ) You will see something similar to the image below, but you will probably only have 1 partition. Simply click on the + arrow at the bottom right (my image doesnt show this) and it will add a new partition. You should resize this to be about 1gb larger than you was planning to use for boot camp
Disk util

9) Apply the changes and let DU do its work, once it has finished exit out and then reboot, again holding C to boot from the install disk

10) After the disk has loaded again, go back into DU, and select your new partition, click the – button and it will throw up a warning to say that the partition will be deleted but all information on the original partition will be ok. For the love of God make sure you selected the partition that you wanted to delete and triple read the wording to make sure you are removing the new, smaller partition.

10a) You now need to resize the original mac partition so it fills the entire disk, simply grab and drag the partition to fill the space.
Thanks go to Sergio in the comments for pointing out this step i had missed

11) Wait for it to finish, exit out of DU and reboot, DON’T hold C this time, we want to boot into native OSX

12) Go back into Boot Camp and go through the process, now that we have a clean section on the drive it can partition the disk without any issue.
bc1.png

13) Wait until the partition has been made and you should see…
bc2.png

14) Put your Windows XP or Vista (ha) disk in, and wait for an icon to appear on your desktop, once it does hit start installation, and wait for the machine to reboot.

15) You will now reboot into Windows installer mode, go through the yadda yadda and you should see something like…
xp1.png

16) Make sure you install on the new partition that was created, the screen shot doesnt show it but OSX will have labelled this partition [BOOTCAMP] [FAT32] – hit enter to install on that partition.

17) When asked how to format i chose Fat 32 as it allows Leopard to actually write files back to a windows disk, you could then say edit a txt file from both within Leopard and XP. Its your choice but make sure you reformat it and dont select the option which says “Leave it how it is”
xp2.png

17) Go through the boring windows setup and wait for it to complete, once Windows runs you will need to pop your Leopard install disk into the machine to install all the windows drivers, this is thankfully painless.

18) Marvel at XP on a Mac, and pat yourself on the back, its been a hell of a ride.

Bonus tip:
If you want to select which operating system to use during boot up simply keep the option (alt) key pressed and you will get the following screen…
boot1.png

If this has helped you, please leave a comment :o)

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47 Comments on "Boot Camp Assistant crashes during partition"

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Andreas
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Hi Chewie,
thank you for this useful hint, i knew it could be done better than the “backup & reinstall” method propagated by apple.
A small heads-up: instead of repeatedly holding “c” during boot until your fingertips go numb, you can also command the installer to reboot from the dvd automatically, by selecting it as the startup-volume (should be right there in the menu with DU) and subsequently hitting restart. The last time (step 11), select your hd, of course.
Cheers!
Andreas

Kretje85
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Another good tip maybe; Bluetooth will not work when starting up from disk so make sure u got a usb keyboard or mouse you can use.. 😉

Jeeves
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Hi Chewie,

I got as far as step 9, but then it came up with the same error as in step 1 (telling me to hold down power button to restart…). This is really frustrating as I haven’t got a clue where to go from here. Any advice would be greatly appreciated?

Jeeves

alex
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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
i didnt NOT want to format the whole thing and start from scratch

Aubin
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Thanks very much for the tip. I was pulling my hair out and thinking I’d have to buy iDefrag or something just to get Windows installed. The tip worked perfectly and everything went smoothly.

David
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Hello All and thank you, you!

My english isn’t perfect so, i don’t understand what exactly to do at step 8:

8 ) You will see something similar to the image below, but you will probably only have 1 partition. Simply click on the + arrow at the bottom right (my image doesnt show this) and it will add a new partition. You should resize this to be about 1gb larger than you was planning to use for boot camp

What do you mean? What i hahe to do exactly? WHat is the arow at bottom right?

James Hay
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This worked a treat for me. Thank you very much

Brett
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Hey, thanks this worked well for me. Jeeves, I think I ran into the same problem as you, but here’s what I found: After you delete the partition you created, you need to *resize the old partition* back to it’s full size. You do this by dragging the bottom right hand corner of the white box. It may seem obvious to others, but I missed it the first time and was initially quite confused – Chewie’s solution is quite clever and there’s no reason it shouldn’t work as far as I could nut out. So I went back and did… Read more »
Katie
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I had this problem too and, it turns out, it was actually being caused by the fact that I have some HONKING big (12gb and larger) files on my machine. Disk Utility simply couldn’t cope with any of them.

So, in order to get things working, I repaired my drive following the instructions in your post, and then had to move any files over 1gb onto an external drive (this includes things like parallels installations).

Works like a charm now! Thanks, Chewie!

hungryduck
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great post, you just saved me a lot of effort backing everything up and reinstalling like apple said.

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Lee
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THANK YOU! Seriously this guide is extremely useful.

clarisse
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Hi I have the same problem my computer crashed while doing the partition and I followed Chewie method, while installing the OX CD 1 I was either delete to old or to archive and install, its says it cant continue because I have an updated OX in my computer, what should should I do.

Many thanks

clarisse
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Hi Chewie,

I manage to repair the disk But I cant see the image like in step 8… You will see something similar to the image below.

I went to the bootcamp assistant again but I got an error stating that I cant do the partition and the disk need repairing….

Ohhh Boy I have been doing this all day… Please help

Sergio
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Yep, there’s a step you missed Chewie, between 10 and 11.

Because after deleting this new partition, you need to resize the original (Macintosh) partition to it’s original size. I was also very confused with this, but finally figured it out.

Anyway, thanks for posting this tutorial; after almost 2 years of owning my MBPro, I was finally able to install WinXP on it, and it works great!

Clarisse
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Hi Chewie,

I have tried again and again but I still have the same problem once I do the boot camp partition and I have an error stating the disk error and I should run repair.

What should I do now. Please help

Many thanks,

Clarisse

Nathan Cooper
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Hi I have tried all of these steps to no avail! My problem is once i go to create the second partition using du it attempts to map then says I havent enough room. yet i have over thirty unused gigs

Clarisse
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Hi Chewie,

Many thanks, I have never use a Mac before so I don’t really know how to install Leopard, means what should I do.

Regards,

Clarisse

besso
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hi Chewie, please read this carefully and try to help me if u dont mind. i have a MacBook Pro. i had windows XP and Mac OS both installed on it. there was only one drive or one partition. i wanted to make it two partitions so i used a Windows bootable CD to do that. when i got that screen that shows a list of the partions on the hard drive, i found three parts. i chose the one that didnt have anything on and formatted it to create a part.,… here comes the problem. when i restarted my… Read more »
besso
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thanks alot Chewie, but i need to tell you that i finally decided to format the whole thing and create two new partitons. Now, I have C: and D:. i also got the two disks of mac OS. the problem now is that i want to install both wndows XP and Mac OS X each one on a drive. the first on the C: drive and the other on the D:. i installed windows XP and then tried to install Mac OS X after windows. I put the CD that is labled: “Mac OS X Install Disk 1” and then… Read more »
nra
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hi chewie,

thanks so much for your post,
it means if i wanna isntall linux, then i just insert linux cd/dvd into dvd drive (step 14)?

booce
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hi chewie!

thank you so much for writing this guide!

i was having these exact same problems and this guide was the only resource i could find online to solve it.

major thank yous, it worked like a charm!

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Self Expert Help Blog | Fred
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This will be helpful to me when my company’s MAC users have problems with Bootcamp crashes. I’ll just refer them to this blog post. Thanks.

Jacek
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Hi Chewie, Thank you for your post. It took a while, but I have finally installed Win XP on my old MBP 😀 I have found one big problem during the process. My HDD has 120GB capacity. I have installed fresh Snow Leopard and I had left like 110GB. I decided to create 95GB partition for Windows. It didn't work. The biggest size I could create in Disk Utility was 85GB. Then another discovery was made when I realized that I need a bit of space/margin between the size “created” in DU and the one chosen later in Boot Camp… Read more »
Jacek
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Hi Chewie, Thank you for your post. It took a while, but I have finally installed Win XP on my old MBP 😀 I have found one big problem during the process. My HDD has 120GB capacity. I have installed fresh Snow Leopard and I had left like 110GB. I decided to create 95GB partition for Windows. It didn't work. The biggest size I could create in Disk Utility was 85GB. Then another discovery was made when I realized that I need a bit of space/margin between the size “created” in DU and the one chosen later in Boot Camp… Read more »
Leo
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On my Imac it all worked fine. My macbook, I had installed XP before A long stay in Europe, came back to the states and got rid of the windows partition. I need to run windows again now and Installed Vista on my friends new macbook just fine. I had several issues at first this time. First about space, fixed that and hit another problem.. corruption.. Fixed all that.. Now I keep crashing hard everytime its attempting to make the partition. Size I had allocated for the partition is gone, Does not show up anywhere. I then have to repair… Read more »
Derek Breedon
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Hey Chewie.
I must thank-you for your assistance. A friend of mine directed me to this site when he found out that I was having problem with Boot Camp. At first I was sceptical because this is for Lepoard and I run Snow Lepoard but to my great benifit, it easily translated over.

Thank-you again. This saved me hours on end spent on the phone with Apple. : )

Chewie
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Thanks for the kind words, i am glad that you managed to get it sorted 🙂

Lizards821
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Hi Chewie, I have a problem actually partitioning the hard drive itself. I have a 13″ MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard. When I boot into setup, all goes well when I repair the disc. (One thing to note; I have locked down my Mac so it can only boot to the disc, and pressing and holding option on boot. This means I have to type in my password before booting from a disc, this just makes it impossible for someone to reset my password if they ever steal my Mac). Anyway, when it is time to partition in DU, halfway… Read more »
moogle
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Thanks Chewie,

Now I can play Civilization iv – which only cost me 1p for the pc version instead of the £25 for mac!!!

moogle
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Thanks Chewie,

Now I can play Civilization iv – which only cost me 1p for the pc version instead of the £25 for mac!!!

Sanjay Vyas
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If the swap file is the one which has been placed at the end of the volume, re partitioning will not help. Rather than using an expensive app like iDefrag (~ $30) … just disable the VM for a while and delete the swap file. Step 1:sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.dynamic_pager.plistsudo rm /private/var/vm/swapfile* Step 2:Once this step is done, go back to Bootcamp assistant and the partitioning should go thru. Thereafter you can re enable the swap file. Step 3:sudo launchctl load -wF /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.dynamic_pager.plist Confirm that the swap file has been created in /private/var/vm/ Step 4:Now go ahead and tell… Read more »
Robbmc
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Cheers for this, really helped me in a crisis!
Robb.

beyond_lover
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if you get used to use a windows system, you will find that the ios is really difficult to use

xiaoyuss023
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You  help me!reading your article before I have a lot of problems ,but understand all now.thanks!

Ro
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Hi Chewie! This has been very useful, however, still when i run bootcamp assistant it tells me that it cannot create the partition because some files cannot be moved. Any thoughts? Thank you very much.

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