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10.6: Enable native NTFS read/write support
Authored by: limbikity on Feb 18, '10 11:23:54AM

this past weekend, after being fed up with not being able to see the windows partition, i decided to start from scratch. i should mention that the first Windows 7 Pro disc i had, i downloaded from my school's MSDNAA website and burned the iso directly. this disc, for some reason or another, would freeze upon the "completeling installation..." stage of the install. at the time, i did some research and people were saying that to get past this freeze, one had to delete the partition created by Boot Camp Assistant (BCA) and create a new partition while in the Windows 7 installer. this is where my problem stems from. knowing this, i downloaded another "retail" iso from a bittorrent site just in case my MSDNAA iso was corrupted somehow (since i already had a legitimate key, it didn't matter where the install source came from).

***BEWARE, doing this is DANGEROUS, and could leave you with a non-working system if you do not follow carefully!

1) Make a backup of any important files you have on your current Windows partition. Since you cannot access the volume on Mac OS X, this means you must boot into Windows and copy what you want to another drive or partition. Additionally, make sure you have a very recent Time Machine backup.
2) Boot from your Snow Leopard install DVD and bring up Disk Utility. Erase your Mac's internal HD, so that there is only one partition, and it is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Then, quit Disk Utility and bring up the Time Machine Restore window of the installer. Restore your Mac from the latest backup. This could take a while.
3) Boot back into Mac OS X on your recently-restored HD. Bring up Boot Camp Assistant and partition your disk to whatever size you prefer. Insert your Windows 7 disc and restart.
4) When the Windows installer starts, click through the series of prompts until it brings you to a list of your internal disks. Click once to select the partition labeled "BOOTCAMP" and click FORMAT. Once this is complete, continue with your install.

and that's it! all is well in Windows land!



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