Boot Camp partitioning errors: Quick fix

Apple’s Boot Camp doesn’t play well with OSX Snow Leopard. One of the most common errors that users attempting to create a dual boot partition in Boot Camp is:

Your Disk Cannot Be Partitioned Because Some Files Cannot Be Moved. 
Back up the disk and use Disk Utility to format the disk as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume. Restore your information to the disk and try using Boot Camp Assistant again.

There are a lot of reported fixes for this, including backing up your entire hard drive to Time Machine, reformatting the drive, and restoring from backup.

However, there’s a much simpler solution that worked for me that only takes a couple of minutes. I wrestled with this problem for hours. After discovering a simple solution, I figured I met as well post it here to help anyone else experiencing the same problem.

If you’re experiencing the above error message in Boot Camp, here’s what to do:

  1. Shut down your Mac
  2. Restart while holding Command+S
  3. At the prompt, type:

/sbin/fsck -fy

Shut down. Restart. Open Boot Camp Assistant and partition the drive.

For almost all users, this simple procedure alleviates the problem.

This will start a disk check utility that will automatically fix the error that prevents a drive from partitioning within Boot Camp.

Yeah. So about those 2011 MacBook Pros.

News that Intel’s Sandy Bridge processor has been delayed due to a design flaw is breaking hearts –– perhaps none more than those waiting for the much anticipated update to Apple’s MacBook Pro line.

The MacBook Pro, already almost three months “late” for a revision, is widely expected to have Sandy Bridge.

My guess is we won’t see MacBook Pro updates for quite awhile. At least not until summer.

Good news, though. Apple has great deals on Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro in its refurbished store.