[BootCamp] Cannot restore partitions

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  1. luvTN macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I installed windows vista on my MB some months ago. Now I want to uninstall it and restore my HDD to 1 partition, but when I try to restore it using Bootcamp, it's still there, no change at all. I think it's because I used NTFS for Vista. Anyone knows how to re-format it to FAT32 or restore it? Tired with Windows now...
     
  2. Asnyers macrumors newbie

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    I don't think you will be able to re-format a partition, you can only delete it. You said it youself, you used NTFS for Vista, so you will have to re-format the whole drive if you aren't able to delete the Windows partition.
     
  3. reflex macrumors 6502a

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    Start the Bootcamp application in OSX, it has an option to merge the two partitions again.
     
  4. nbusse macrumors member

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    unpartitioning?

    I'd like to unpartition my drive, can't find a way to do it w/ disk utility. Can I really just delete the drive? Have tried re-installing the OS a couple of times, there's never an option to unpartition.
     
  5. jbeck8176 macrumors newbie

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    I have found a solution but still cant tell you the exact answer.

    When boot camp sets up it's partitions there are 3. 1 large one with two smaller partitions surrounding it.

    If you recreate these partitions then boot camp will restore the original partition.

    The problem is I don't know what the original partition table looks like. So if anyone would let me know I can explain more.

    **update**
    1. Insert Ubuntu live CD or any other bootable partitioning tool
    2. Delete all partitions but the OS X partitions
    3. Create a FAT32 partition ***be sure to leave 128MB unpartitioned space between the OS X partitions and the FAT32***

    Boot Camp uses this unpartitioned space for some reason.

    4. Boot OS X and open Terminal '
    5. Erase the newly made FAT32 partition by using the command "sudo diskutil eraseVolume MS-DOS FAT32 nonbootable /dev/disk0s3" (/dev/disk0s3) being the location of the FAT32 drive found by entering "diskutil list"
    6. After that and the drive is mounted by OS X start Boot Camp Assistant and use it to restore the drive.
     

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