Restore partitioned drive without erasing data?

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  1. bluebug macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,
    Is there a way to restore a partitioned drive to it's original size without erasing all my data? I tried using iPartition, but I get an error saying that it can't read my disk(!)

    (a little history, I recently removed Windows XP off of my MacBook Pro and would like the drive space back now...)
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Bootcamp assistant will restore the drive to one partition. Run that again in OS X.
     
  3. bluebug thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, but I never used bootcamp for removing windows - I did it from the install cd...
     
  4. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Bootcamp Assistant should still remove the partition... I would think. If not, try reinstalling Windows and the use Bootcamp Assistant to restore the partition. I really don't think Bootcamp Assistant knows if Windows is installed or not when you restore the partition...
     
  5. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    I also have the same problem. I partitioned my HDD, planning on installing XP, but my concience told me not to at the last minute. I now can't un-partition the hard drive...

    Bit of a pain as it means I have an entire extra icon on my desktop!!! :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: ONE WHOLE ICON!!!!
     
  6. bluebug thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the advice but I can't reinstall Windows, as it was factory installed and I don't have the disks. Any other ideas?
     
  7. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Backup and reinstall I guess... I'm still surprised that Boot Camp Assistant won't fix your issue but then again I don't have the problem you two are having.
     
  8. redeye be macrumors 65816

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    Boot Camp should be able indeed to remove a windows partition made with Boot Camp.
    It could do others, never tested that (and i don't have an intel at hand to try)

    You probably partitioned using Disk Utility. -> No live reformatting
    You're looking for something like "partition magic" from the windows universe. But I can't help you with that out of the top of my hat.
    Versiontracker.com does come up with some nice apps that do just what you need. (€/£/$)
     
  9. bluebug thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for everyone who responded...

    I just want to clarify that I have not ever used Bootcamp on this machine and it won't let me install it now. Also, I didn't install Windows myself, it was factory installed. I have sinced removed it, but I can't rejoin my partitions without losing all my data.

    Is there any software besides Bootcamp that I can use? I tried with iPartition, but it doesn't work for some reason.
     
  10. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Did you guys disable journaling then try iPartition or the other methods? Why does this matter? I dunno, it just does, you have to disable it to resize the partition to install Linux, after its installed you can re-enable it, the same probably applies to the inverse.
     
  11. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not sure how "the factory" installed Windows on the Mac without Bootcamp. Where did you buy your Mac from?

    If they didn't send you a media disc with Windows it might not even have been legal.
     
  12. bluebug thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, it's not illegal. I bought it from a guy who had all these things factory installed. He gave me the osx drivers and start up disks, but either neglected or forgot to give me the xp disks - I'm not even sure if he has them.

    Thanks for all the responses. I'm going to try that last suggestion and pray for a miracle!!
     
  13. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    I hope it works, cause yeah, if you try to resize the partition with Journaling enabled under Linux (when installing Ubuntu) it gives you an error.
     
  14. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Well where did he buy it from? I'm interested to know what they used instead of bootcamp...
     

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