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Major Problem with Rev B. - 10.6.5 + BootCamp - SOLVED!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by alan111, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. alan111, Nov 30, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2010

    macrumors regular

    #1
    Well well well. I really need help. REALLY BADLY.

    I have a Rev B. MacBook Air, 1.86 ghz, 128GB SSD. I have OSX on the first partition at 80GB, and I have Windows 7 on the second partition at about 45GB in size. It was a real nice dual boot setup and I was very happy with it.

    Yesterday, for some reason that I will never comprehend, I decided to go into Windows 7's Disk Management Utility to fix up an unformatted flash drive. In the process, and I stress, I have no idea what the hell I did, I managed to convert my 128GB SSD into a dynamic drive. And of course, my computer happened to be extremely low on battery, and the computer died.

    I tried to boot the Air, and lo and behold, I had the white screen of death. If I booted up holding down 'option', it would only give me the option of the Windows partition. If I select it, Windows appears to boot fine. After the whole Windows loading process, I get a quick blue screen of death and a reboot cycle. Over and over again.

    I decided to run the Windows setup again to try and convert the SSD from Dynamic to Basic. 'Repair Your Computer' did not work. I then tried to reinstall Windows on the second partition, but Windows refuses to install on a Dynamic drive. I'm screwed.

    So, I found a utility that will allow me to convert the SSD from a dynamic to basic drive via command prompt. Perfect right? I burned the ISO to a CD-R and boot it from the Superdrive at boot. I get the initial GUI screen of the app. Great! Would I like to load the program? YES! It then takes me to a DOS like command prompt where it shows its loading up the various modules. As it comes to the last module, the MacBook restarts. I try the process again. The MacBook restarts. Again and again and again.

    I now decided to boot up OSX Install DVD. After loading it up again via the Superdrive, Disk Utility within the Setup recognizes the 128GB SSD and the 2 partition, but refuses to mount them. I cannot verify or repair.

    My only option is to manually remove the drive, and connect it to a functioning PC that will allow me to convert from a dynamic disc to basic disc. The program that I just purchased should be able to do it without having to remove any data from the drive - Partition Wizard 5.2 Professional.

    How do I get it to connected with a USB interface? Well well. Apple, in their infinite wisdom decided to make the SSD on the REV B. a LIF SATA interface. The only one in the effing world. Try finding an enclosure that'll house that! Luckily I found one (and ONLY one) made by Runcore. Cool, they're pretty reliable. So I went on to their only reseller in the US mydigitaldiscount.com and they of course are sold out. Just my luck.

    I found another store, MemoryC located in the UK that has it in stock. Great! Ordered today with overnight shipping. I pray my life out that this enclosure will allow me to connect the SSD to my PC and allow me to convert it back from a dynamic to basic without having to format any data.

    Please pray for me everyone! Or give me some tips! Or ANY help at all! PLEASE!!

    Oh and no, I have no backup of either partition. I have yet to set up the Time Machine backup. So I'm really hoping for the best in this situation.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    revelated

    #2
    K, let's get the prelims out of the way. Sorry. This must be done.

    [​IMG]

    Why did you not just do it with Disk Utility in Snow Leopard?


    [​IMG]

    You converted the boot drive? Were you like, not paying any attention to what you were doing?


    [​IMG]

    Why in the BLUE HELL were you doing disk activities off the juice???


    You're joking.

    [​IMG]

    *Ahem*. Ok. I'm composed.


    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=657341

    Best I can suggest.
     
  3. macrumors regular

    #3
    Thanks for the shambling / suggestions!

    Good news.
    The Runcore enclosure came in this morning. I hooked up my SSD to it, and the conversion from Dynamic to Basic took less than 4 seconds. Plugged my SSD back in and we're all good now! Woo hoo!

    Anybody need an LIF SATA USB enclosure?
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

    revelated

    #4
    You got lucky. Good that you got your stuff back in order.
     

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