Bootcamp Help (pics included)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ZempOh, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. ZempOh macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2013
    I'm trying to install windows 7 via Bootcamp after having a new 500 gb drive put in and a fresh install of lion (my old drive crashed).

    Pictures here

    Anyway, before I reinstalled lion, I partioned my drive into a 400 gb section for OSX and a 75 for Windows (see attached pics).

    When I run bootcamp, it wants to remove the windows partiton from the disk to a single-partion OSX volume (see the picture)

    My question is, if I do this, will it erase all my data on my "MAC" drive, or is it just going to erase the windows partition that I did before hand myself and then 'merge' it back into my "MAC" partition, thus allowing me to continue with the bootcamp process?

    Sorry if that's confusing, it's the best way I can describe it.

    Thanks for any help!

    I also burned a disc of Windows 7, and I tried to boot from it by holding option while restarting, just to see if I could install it onto my Fat32 formatted partition without bootcamp, but my computer wouldn't read the disc for some reason, and it doesn't show up under system preferences > startup disk, though it shows in finder
  2. Judith123 macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2013
    New York
    I'm sorry, I can not see your pictures with some problem in my computer. I think you don't need to partition hard drive beforehand, because when you install Windows with Bootcamp, it will remind you to partition hard drive. So, my suggestion is to backup your data before with Time Machine, or transfer the data.
  3. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2012
    It'll erase the Windows partition and merge the space back to your OS X partition.

    Looks like you just copied the img file to the DVD instead of buring the image to the disc, therefore it is not a bootable disc and not shown in the startup disk section. You need to use Disk Utility to burn the image as explained in the 2nd post here.
  4. ZempOh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2013
    Thank you, haha, so simple, yet I missed it.

    Have a great night, thanks for the help!

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