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Standard User Guest_Again
(legend) Mon 21-Feb-11 11:22:36
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Formatting & removing Bootcamp Partition?


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Yes, it's time to do some MacBook Pro Spring-Cleaning, and to get my lovely MBP back to one partition only.

Any ideas how to do this - I was peeved off with BC and just deleted any data in it [with zeroes], so I may have messed that one up anyway.

I have Time Machine set-up on my external [Mac] HDD, so I can recover my >Free< & >Paid-For< software[s] ok. Hopefully. crazy

Any and all advice will be gratefully appreciated. wink

Thanks folks.

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Standard User Kaoshan
(committed) Mon 21-Feb-11 11:53:49
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Re: Formatting & removing Bootcamp Partition?


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BC was a nightmare for me so, like you, I binned it. Was it you looking for an option to run Windows on a Mac in another post? If so, I recommend Desktop Parallels. Version 6 runs flawlessly on my MBP.

As you have backup I'd go for a fresh install from your OS X install disk (I hope you have one), apply any software updates and then restore your Time Machine backup for data and apps etc.
Standard User Guest_Again
(legend) Mon 21-Feb-11 15:29:35
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Re: Formatting & removing Bootcamp Partition?


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Yes, it was me that was looking for a possible Windows > Mac solution, but I'll leave it for now.
Parallels does sound like maybe a better[?] option, but I'll leave it for now.

I have my OS X install disk. I'll do that later tonight. I just want to delete that partition. BC wasn't for me lol. laugh

Ta much.

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(Unregistered)Mon 21-Feb-11 15:45:22
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Re: Formatting & removing Bootcamp Partition?


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The easiest way is when running Mac OS X launch the Boot Camp Assistant which you will find in the Utilities folder and follow the prompts to remove the Windows Partition.
Standard User Guest_Again
(legend) Mon 21-Feb-11 16:00:52
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Thanks, that was tried but will try it again.

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Standard User Kaoshan
(committed) Mon 21-Feb-11 16:25:13
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Re: Formatting & removing Bootcamp Partition?


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In reply to a post by Anonymous:
The easiest way is when running Mac OS X launch the Boot Camp Assistant which you will find in the Utilities folder and follow the prompts to remove the Windows Partition.


When I had problems with BC I went down that path but it did not work for me. As I had a full backup I took the safe option and went for a clean re-install.
Standard User Guest_Again
(legend) Tue 22-Feb-11 05:05:13
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In reply to a post by Kaoshan:
In reply to a post by Anonymous:
The easiest way is when running Mac OS X launch the Boot Camp Assistant which you will find in the Utilities folder and follow the prompts to remove the Windows Partition.


When I had problems with BC I went down that path but it did not work for me. As I had a full backup I took the safe option and went for a clean re-install.
I tried it again, but it failed. Kind of knew it would - it did before.

I will do a complete re-install I think, but reading through google pages, I just need my restore disk (the OS X install disk?) - Will do that definitely for sure.

I just want the BOOTCAMP dross out, and it just takes space for nowt. If bothered, I'd leave it, by doing that, I lose space. NO WAY. I only had 179GB of free space left on my MBP and I know why - it's all the Steam games that I had installed, and not all of them are Mac compatible.

All that is needed is a straight flattening of the HDD, done so to remove that blinking partition too, and to use Time Machine to recover my software bought for it.
THEN, I shall consider Parellels after that, though I'm not too bothered at the moment.

Thanks,

Steven.

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Standard User Guest_Again
(legend) Tue 22-Feb-11 22:24:46
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Boot Camp Assistant cannot be used.
You must update your system software before using this setup assistant.
I'll work on it - I've not [re]-installed anything. Will try to recover my 12.5GB first.

If Parallels is anything like the s/w that my Doze box uses, it would be ok, but there is no point getting it just to recover that small amount.
I've seen that error on the Interweb a fair bit tonight when searching, so, I WILL get it sorted.
Eventually.

Thanks for the advice, Kaoshan.

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Standard User AEP
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 22-Feb-11 22:35:37
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Before looking at Parallels (£64.99) you might like to have a look at VirtualBox (£0). I know that you Mac guys like to throw money around wink but they both fulfil the same function.
Standard User Guest_Again
(legend) Tue 22-Feb-11 22:52:07
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I know that I don't like to throw money around? wink

I sorted the problem with Boot Camp, and will give that VirtualBox a go. Thanks for that Mate! wink

Fwiw, I found that if you open Disk Util. and set it to Journalled (after a repair), it sorts the dodgy BC error.

Journal fix for Boot Camp error. grin

Thanks!

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