BootCamp lesson - learned the hard way!!

markcres

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I just recovered from a nightmare!!:eek:

Was feeling bored (always a bad sign).. so I downloaded BootCamp and decided to implement XP on my new Intel iMac.

Firmware and OS X all updated to latest versions OK
Windows XP Pro (SP2) OK

Everything went well until the XP setup required me to nominate a partition to format as NTFS. By now it was 1:30am and I admit I had a little sloe gin to keep me warm :cool: ... Unfortunately I followed the instructions blindly (chose partition C: to format) and wondered why it was taking so long:confused: .

Basically, I formatted my entire MAC system partition as NTFS:eek: - why it was labelled as C: I don't know!! :mad:

Spent quite a few hours completely re-installing OS X and all my apps (digging through my emails for activation codes and keys for shareware I had purchased).

The moral of the story here... if you are bored... and if you fancy a drink late at night.. DON'T have a go at installing BootCamp.

I will stick to MAC software and Windows can go to hell !!!

Mark
 

redAPPLE

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markcres said:
I will stick to MAC software and Windows can go to hell !!!
that's what happens when you mess up with window$. you will simply not enjoy your drink, or your nice quiet? evening. here's to your next drink next weekend. cheers! :D
 

grapes911

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markcres said:
I will stick to MAC software and Windows can go to hell !!!
So Windows can go to hell because you made a blatant user error? Do you expect Windows to have a built in "Are you sure you want to install here? This partition/drive contains OS X."
 

Mechcozmo

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C: just refers to the first partition. After formatting, the other partition would be called C: and the Mac (unreadable) one would be D:, if it was assigned a drive letter. It would probably just be left alone though and the Superdrive be called D:

This is why Apple doesn't support running Windows on a Mac-- not their fault. Also, you could have checked the volume sizes and seen that the XP one would have been the 'correct' size to install onto.
 

markcres

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grapes911 said:
So Windows can go to hell because you made a blatant user error? Do you expect Windows to have a built in "Are you sure you want to install here? This partition/drive contains OS X."
Yes!