View Full Version : Issues using bootcamp on duplicated drive

11-23-2008, 01:29 AM
I just upgraded my harddrive from the stock 160gb 5.4krpm to a 320gb 7.2krpm in my macbook pro

I put my new drive in an external enclosure and used SuperDuper to clone my old drive over to it as was recommended in numerous places.

First off, the process took nearly 48hours to backup 80GB worth of data. That doesn't sound right considering I tried transferring data to another drive in the same enclosure and 20gb took only like 8 or 9 minutes to transfer. Is it normal to take so long?

I swapped out the drives and everything seems to be working perfectly, however when I went to create a new bootcamp partition it gave me this error:
The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition
Backup 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.

The disk only has the one partition and it is the OSX Journaled format, I can confirm that with disk utility.

I read around and some places said running a defragmenter MIGHT solve the problem, plus the defragmenter costs $35 or something like that. It doesn't sound worth the odds.

Is this a problem stemming from me having a bootcamp partition on the old drive and not deleting it before I backed up? Does it still think there is a windows partition which doesn't exist?

I REALLY don't want to have to sit through another 48 hour long backup, plus then having to restore from that. And I REALLY don't want to have to tear the laptop open again and swap drives around.

Can I use my old hard drive as a source for a restore onto my new drive? Is the 48 hours for 80gb even normal? and is there any simpler way to get boot camp to recognize it as only having the one partition?

thanks for any help

11-23-2008, 02:50 AM
Status Update:

I cleared off my 500gb external to mess around with and try to get this working. I set it up with SD! to clone the current internal drive(the already cloned one) and took a shower...by the time I got back it has already finished 30gb...so I am assuming that the 48hours for 80gb was not at al normal XD

I'm still curious if I can use my original drive to restore from or if I should use the new copy I am making right now, and how do I go about that? Do I boot up from that drive as an external and then run SD! to clone back onto the internal drive?

11-23-2008, 08:32 AM
Did you properly partition the drive as "GUID" when you did this originally?

11-23-2008, 03:59 PM
It never gave me an option like that in disk utility o.O

The only choices I had were which format (I selected Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as it is supposed to be), and other than that how many partitions and which size, but I only made the one knowing boot camp was supposed to create the new partition.

Was I supposed to run the erase function instead of partitioning? I just did that out of habit from creating external drives with more than one partition, but only created one on this drive.

I wikipedia'd GUID and everything it says mentions Microsoft...I can't even open the bootcamp utility for the first time, if you are thinking I'm farther along than I am.

11-23-2008, 04:42 PM
Well -- it's under the "Options" button in the Partition tab. You definitely have to use GUID for an Intel Mac. Check in Disk Utility to see what you have now: select the drive hardware (not the volume, but the hardware above it), then look at the lower right side of the window, next to "Partition Scheme", to see what you have now.

11-23-2008, 05:27 PM
Alright I see it now, thanks, I'll see how this turns out