Bootcamp failed to restore partition....help!!!

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  1. llee8820 macrumors newbie

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    So heres my story. I'm on leopard and using bootcamp 2.0. I made a partition to install windows vista, but I didn't make the partition big enough for a game I'm anticipating, so I switched back to OSX and restored my partition on bootcamp. The thing thing is, that I don't think bootcamp fully restored it all to one partition.
    Right now, finder says that I have 55gb free, but my hard drive is 100gb, give an take about 10gb for leopard etc, I'm still missing almost more than 30gb. I ran disk utility and clicked on the partition tab, and I see that there is a blue space next to my mac hard drive, I think this is the partition that bootcamp failed to restore. Does anyone know how I can recombine these two. I basically want to avoid reformatting my hard drive and losing everything I have.
     
  2. The General macrumors 601

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    Open Disk Utility, delete your Windows paritition, and drag the Mac partition to fill the entire drive. Click Apply.
     
  3. llee8820 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can you give me instructions?
     
  4. The General macrumors 601

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  5. vistafanboi macrumors member

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    He gave fairly clear instructions, it seems to me. Of course, if you've never used OS X very much, you wouldn't know. It really is a simple operation.

    1) Do you know HOW to access Disk Utility? It is found in the Utilities folder of the Applications folder in Finder.
    2) You MAY have to use your OS X installation disk #1 to do this, however, if I remember correctly. NO changes may be made to the HFS+ system folders unless it is from within the Installer.
    3) To use the OS X installation disk#1, place it in your DVD drive and restart the machine. Choose the DVD as the Boot Drive, if necessary.
    4) Once the OS X MenuBar appears at the top, choose "Disk Utility". DON'T DO ANYTHING ELSE!!!

    THEN follow the instructions posted by "the GENERAL".
    Then be sure to repair Permissions on your System drive once done. Some do not think it is a good idea, some do. Since it is completely safe to do so (and advisable after an operation like this one), I am one of the ones who think you should.

    Donald L McDaniel;)

    Perhaps you should have repaired Disk permissions after deleting this partition. Too late for that now.

    And too bad so many Mac OS X users advise against it after such operations.

    Donald L McDaniel:)
     
  6. QUIQUE9135 macrumors newbie

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    help! installing vista in my powerbook

    OKay I am using boot camp to create a windows partition, I have allocated 70 for OSX and the rest to the future windows drive (I have 120 GB of hard drive), I got to the point where windows is asking me where would I want install the "driver" and I have 2 options which neither (NTFS) allow me to select them and one option that is too small apparently because is not allowing me select it either; the only thing the windows installation program is allowing me to do is to browse??? for something that I am not sure what!, I know at one point I will need to use my OSX cd(or DVD) that came with my computer therefore some drivers will be installed, I am not so sure if is at this point where I need to the OSX cd (which I don't know how to since the windows cd is inside)...
    I Would appreciate any comments or suggestion. Thanks.
     
  7. vistafanboi macrumors member

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    Please, friend, be a little more specific?
    I don't understand a word you wrote.
    You say "I get to the point where Windows is asking me where to install the 'driver'..."

    WHAT driver? The ONLY "drivers" asked for during Windows installation are RAID or AHCI drivers. This is a strictly optional thing, since Windows does not need to install them, unless your drives are set up as a RAID array. If you only have a single internal drive in IDE mode, they will not be needed.

    Here is the way to install Windows on a partition created by BootCamp Assistant in OS X:

    1) Create the Windows partition.
    2) Place the Windows installation media in the drive: the machine should reboot into the Window installer
    3) If it doesn't, Hold your Apple Remote's execute button down when the Silver screen appears, until the Apple boot menu appears. (or the Option key on your Apple keyboard).
    4) Once it appears, choose the drive containing the Windows installation media.
    At this point, you will LEAVE OS X!!!

    WARNING!!! ONCE the Windows installer begins, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE IN OSX!! If you ARE, something is wrong, since the Windows installer WILL NOT RUN under OS X. PERIOD.) After the Windows installer begins, it will display your current partitions, including the 200MB EFI partition, your OS X partition, and any other OS X partitions. These will probably all be labeled as "Unknown partitions". It will also display a partition of the size you created for Windows, and should be empty. Its label should be "C:" (without the quote-marks). Choose to install Windows on THAT partition. DON'T forget to FORMAT that partition as NTFS from within the Windows installer BEFORE continuing with the installation.

    NOTE: DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, create any partitions from within the Windows installer on your Apple. Doing so could very possibly mess up your OS X permissions for that drive.

    6) Once the installation is complete, and you are at the Windows Desktop, insert the OS X disk containing the Windows drivers, and it will start UNDER WINDOWS, and install the necessary Windows drivers for your Apple Intel PC. REMEMBER, this has NOTHING TO DO WITH OS X!!! NO OSX driver could be installed at this point anyway, since OS X is NO LONGER RUNNING. Do NOT attempt to install the Windows drivers from within OS X. It simply WON'T WORK, since the driver installers are WINDOWS EXECUTABLES, and will not run under OSX. YOU MUST insert the disk containing the Windows drivers while within WINDOWS, at the Windows Desktop.

    7) Finally, make sure you UPDATE your installation of Windows as soon as you have Network access, and install a GOOD-QUALITY Antivirus package immediately, update it, and make sure the Windows Firewall is enabled.
    There are currently two Windows Service Packs available (these would contain all the latest Windows updates for their particular OS's): Service Pack 1 for Vista, and Service Pack 3 for XP. Do NOT attempt to install Service Pack 3 for XP unless it has already been updated with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 for XP. This particular Service Pack will NOT install on a copy of XP WITHOUT Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 (i.e., "Windows XP RTM").

    I would certainly install one of these, depending on the version of Windows you have installed.

    NOTE that these are GENERAL instructions. Since we don't know HOW your Apple is configured, we can't give more SPECIFIC instructions, such as installing RAID drivers for Windows. Unless your machine has one or more SATA drives installed in RAID mode, it shouldn't be necessary, anyway.

    JUST READ carefully EVERYTHING displayed on the screen during Windows installation, and HEED what it says.

    By the way, I would have split such a small drive right down the middle, half for OS X, and half for Windows.

    Anyway, its your machine.

    Donald L McDaniel:)
     
  8. stallone macrumors newbie

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    I have a quick question that may be related to this thread a little. I installed Windows via Bootcamp last night for the first time (I have had it running via Parallels for a while now). Is there a way to expand the Windows partition without deleting it and re-installing? I haven't looked into it much, but thought I would ask. I created my Windows partition as a 20 GB partition, and after installing Vista, only have 9 GB and change free. Not that I need much more, but I figured 5 more GB won't hurt. Thanks for your help!
     

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