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sngx1275
Dec 1, 2011, 08:22 PM
I think I know what to do, but I just wanted to confirm before I go messing with things.

I have a mid 2009 13" mbp with Lion, upgraded from SL. In SL I had Win 7 bootcamped. I can still boot into Win 7 no prob. I recently bought 8GB of RAM (moving up from 4) and decided that maybe I would be better served running 7 in a VM rather than booting into it natively.

So, do I just delete that partition in Disk Utility and then expand my Lion partition to take up the unpartitioned space? I thought Disk Utility could do that, but I don't want to delete the Win7 partition only to find I can't expand my OS X one. If that won't work, can I get by with expanding with gParted off a boot cd?

Anything else I should know before proceeding?



Shadow%20Mac
Dec 1, 2011, 08:27 PM
DO NOT REMOVE THE PARTITION FROM DISK UTILITY

Instead, launch Boot Camp Assistant. It will detect that you have Windows already installed and guide you through the steps to removing it correctly.

sngx1275
Dec 1, 2011, 08:29 PM
Well, good thing I asked then. Thanks.

Shadow%20Mac
Dec 1, 2011, 08:33 PM
Well, good thing I asked then. Thanks.

No problem. A friend of mine removed the partition from Disk Utility and faced huge problems thereafter. Granted, this was BootCamp 2.x...