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Fix Boot Camp Assistant's 'too many large files' problem
Authored by: cmac6126 on Dec 15, '09 10:02:49AM

Boot Camp Assistant is not needed if you're doing this.

Once you've shrunk your partition, then just make a new one where you want windoze to be and format as MS-DOS (FAT).
Reboot to the install disk and select that new partition to install too. Make sure to re-format to NTFS or FAT32 using the install tool first. Stick in the Leopard or SL disk after booting the first time to install the Apple drivers.

I've done this several times on a MBP and new iMac and never used Boot Camp at all (although I admit I usually re-partition as soon as I get a new machine anyway, hard lessons from years of Unix use ;-)
I use these installs both to use with VMWare Fusion and also to (rarely) boot into.

From what I understand all Boot Camp is doing is automatically re-partitioning for you. Which is why it's great for the less technically minded users who don't want to even know what a partition is! Not dissing them, I'm glad that Apple makes it easier. I'm just saying that there's a faster way to do this.

Note: MS has to be on one of the first 4 partitions, although I haven't tried this with W7 so they might have got over this limitation.



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Fix Boot Camp Assistant's 'too many large files' problem
Authored by: pendraggon87 on Dec 15, '09 09:20:59PM

From what I understand, Boot Camp not only repartitions, but adds in a bootstrapper (I may be completely wrong on that terminiology) - it emulates the Windows BIOS using EFI and some sort of partition table synchronization (the GUID partition table).



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Fix Boot Camp Assistant's 'too many large files' problem
Authored by: wm on Dec 16, '09 03:18:24PM

The BIOS emulation is already in the Mac's firmware*, and Disk Utility will set up the partition tables just like Boot Camp Assistant IF you use it to create at least one FAT32 partition (as the OP suggested).

*Unless it was made before Apple announced Boot Camp in 2006 and hasn't been upgraded, but that's unlikely.



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