BOOTCAMP DISASTER: Installed windows 7 on mac os X partition, not bootcamp partition.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by shakin2012, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. shakin2012 macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
    This maybe be easier to fix than its seems, im hoping you can help.

    Basically made a partition for windows via bootcamp assistant, then inserted windows 7 disk when prompted. After the restart it came to the point where i was to choose the correct partition but being dump i picked the wrong one. windows 7 then went ahead and installed itself overwriting mac os x leaving me with a macbook running windows and 60GB bootcamp partition laying empty.

    I tried pressing the option key upon restart with the mac os X install disk inserted, this gives me the option to boot windows or the mac disk. choosing the mac disk option then tries to install on the bootcamp partition which cannot be done because its formatted to FAT32.

    What i would like to do is wipe everything including windows, make a clean install of mac os x snow leopard and then start the process again being more carefull of course.

    How can this be done?? thx for help.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. shakin2012 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
  4. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    You obviously didn't read the links you were given. The first link was using Disk Utility that is ON the INSTALL DISK, not on the hard drive.
  5. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    Boot from your OS X install disk.

    When it finishes booting and the start installation screen appears, look in the toolbar at the top of the screen. You will be able to select "disk utility" from there and re-partition and format your hard drive. When you exit disk-utility, you will return to the OS X installation screen where you can proceed normally.

    NOTE: If you have a recent Time Machine backup, you can recover from that at this time too.


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