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I am trying to create a Windows Bootcamp partition on High Sierra but when I got to select the target disk it tells me that there is no space left on the macOS container. My SSD has 250 GB free space and it has a single APFS container with a single APFS Volume. How can I fix this?

The computer is a late 2012 Mac Miniand it has a 16GB RAM and a primary SSD (512GB) and a secondary HDD (1TB).

I would like to install Windows 10 to the primary SSD.

The output for

diskutil apfs list 

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The output for

diskutil apfs resizecontainer disk0s2 limits

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  • The computer is a Mac Mini Late 2012 and I would like to install Windows 10 on this machine using bootcamp. – gyurisc May 22 '18 at 9:40
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This answer is based on the accepted answer to the question "Boot Camp Assistance is stuck on create a partition?". Modifications were made to include improvements suggested by user128216 to this answer.

Based on the lack of posted questions regarding using the Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows, I have assumed most users are successfully installing Windows on drives containing APFS partitions. When the Boot Camp Assistant fails, generally the problem is not with the Boot Camp Assistant, but rather with the APFS container. So, the usual solution is to backup your stuff, wipe the drive, and reload everything.

However, if you wish to install Windows without using the Boot Camp Assistant (except for creating the USB installation flash drive), you need to first determine how much space is available for Windows. This can be determined from the output of the command diskutil apfs resizecontainer diskXsY limits, where X is the drive number identifier and Y is the partition number of the APFS container.

These are the basic steps needed to install Windows 10 for an EFI boot.

Note: To get a better view of the images shown below, either click on an image or open an image in a new window.

  1. Use the Boot Camp Assistant application to copy the Windows 10 installation files and the Boot Camp Support Software to a 16 GB or larger flash drive. A USB 3.0 flash drive would operate considerably faster than a USB 2.0 flash drive.

  2. The command below will create the 70 GB "BOOTCAMP" partition on your internal SSD drive. The space occupied by this partition will be used for installing Windows.

    sudo  diskutil  apfs  resizeContainer  disk0s2  180.8G  FAT32  BOOTCAMP  70G
    
  3. If you have not already done so, insert the flash drive containing the Windows 10 installation files and the Boot Camp Support Software.

  4. Use the command shown below to rename the AutoUnattend.xml file.

    mv  /volumes/WINSTALL/AutoUnattend.xml  /volumes/WINSTALL/NoAutoUnattend.xml
    
  5. Next, you need to boot from the volume where the Windows installation files reside. Hold down the option key immediately after restarting on your Mac. Release the option when the Startup Manager window appears. Select the icon labeled "EFI boot". Next, select the arrow below the "EFI boot" label.

  6. Open a Windows Command Prompt window, by following the procedure outlined in this step. Below is an image of what is initially displayed by the Windows 10 installer. Select "Next".

    z1

    In the image shown below, select "Repair your computer".

    z2

    In the image shown below, select "Troubleshoot".

    z3

    In the image shown below, select "Command Prompt".

    z4

    The result should be the image shown below.

    z6

  7. Use the command diskpart to finish partitioning disk0. The commands you need to enter are given below.

    Note: Sometimes it can take a while for the diskpart command to produce the first prompt. Be patient.

    diskpart
    list  volume
    

    From the output of the command list volume, determine the number for the volume with the label "BOOTCAMP". In this example, I will assume the number is 0. Your number could be different. The next command selects this partition.

    select  volume  0
    

    The next commands effect the "BOOTCAMP" volume. The format is changed to NTFS. Next, the size is shrunk by 600 MB.

    format  fs=ntfs  label=BOOTCAMP  quick
    shrink  desired=600
    

    Create a Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) partition. The next commands create and initialize an empty 600 MB WinRE.

    create  partition  primary
    set  id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
    gpt  attributes=0x8000000000000001
    format  fs=ntfs  label=Recovery  quick
    

    The next command lists the current volumes. Take note of the drive letter (Ltr) for the volume with label "WINSTALL". In this example, I will assume the letter is D. Your letter could be different.

    list  volume
    

    The command below quits the command diskpart.

    exit
    
  8. Enter the command below to start the Windows installation. If the drive letter, for the "WINSTALL" volume, is not D, then make the appropriate substitute when entering the command below.

    setup  /unattend:D:\NoAutoUnattend.xml
    
  9. When a window similar to what is shown below appears, select the "BOOTCAMP" partition, then click on the "Next" button.

    d1

  10. Continue with the installation of Windows 10. If the computer boots back to macOS, goto System Preferences and select Windows as your startup disk. Restart the computer to continue initializing Windows 10.

  11. When finished, the Windows Support Software installer should automatically launch. If this does not occur, use the Windows File Explorer to open the Windows Support Software application named "Setup". This application can be found in the "BootCamp" folder on the "WINSTALL" drive. After the installer application completes, allow the computer to restart.

If asked, I can clarify any of the above steps.

  • My machine is Mac Mini Late 2012 and I am trying to install Windows 10. I would like to install this on my primary SSD (512 GB). I currently have around 140GB free space on that SSD. – gyurisc May 22 '18 at 9:45
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    For your Mac, the procedure would be the same as the link I posted in my answer. Although, based on user128216's comments to this answer, this procedure has many unnecessary steps which could be eliminated. I doubt I could update the procedure in the 9 minutes remaining. – David Anderson May 22 '18 at 12:36
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    It was 18 minutes to late, but at least you showed up. – David Anderson May 22 '18 at 13:12
  • Wow! Thanks for the great answer. I really appreciate it. I will try to re-up the bounty and see if I can award it to you... Thanks – gyurisc May 23 '18 at 7:57
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    I started to post a new answer, then user Zhao user asked the same question as yours. (see BootCamp not enough space problem) I am currently waiting for some output I requested in a comment. User Zhao has documented the problem better than you have. It would appear the problem may be with APFS volume reserved space. You might what to add the output from the commands diskutil apfs list and diskutil apfs resizecontainer disk0s2 limits. These commands will not change your computer. – David Anderson May 23 '18 at 8:21
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Do you have FileVault enabled? If you do, try to turn it off before attempting to create the partition again. FileVault is known to cause issues in the resizing of APFS/HFS+ partitions necessary to create space for a windows partition.

If what mentioned above doesn't work, try to first install without the secondary HDD mounted. If this doesn't work, try to back up with Time Machine, restore from backup in recovery mode (restart Mac while holding down +R to initiate recovery mode) to the backup. This may seem counter-intuitive, but in reality this is wiping the boot drive, reformatting it, and reinstalling MacOS with the same backup you got before. Try to install Windows again after this.

  • No FileVault is enabled on my primary SSD or the secondary HDD – gyurisc May 22 '18 at 9:44

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