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OS X Leopard :: Cannot Do Full Restore To Boot Drive

My iMac has it's internal hard disk (160GB) plus two externals: A fireware one (500 GB) to store media files (video and audio), and a USB drive (320 GB) that I use as a Time Machine drive. The internal disk is only about half full. Time Machine backs up the internal drive and only a few folders on the firewire drive.

After doing a final Time Machine backup, I was using BootCamp Assistant to create a 40GB BootCamp partition on the iMac. The assistant tried for a while to create the partition and then came back saying that it could not move all the file required to create the new partition. The message suggested something to the effect of, "boot from the installation DVD, erase the disk, do a full restore, and try again."

I booted from the installation DVD, used Disk Utility to erase the disk, and started up Time Machine to do the restore. I selected the Time Machine drive as the source but when it came time to choose the destination. The internal hard disk does not appear, only the external firewire one.

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Mac OS X (10.5.5)

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