Bootcamp Question about Reinstalling OSX

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by odinsride, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. odinsride macrumors 65816

    odinsride

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    Hi, I have a 2010 Mac Pro with two HDs - one which has an OSX installation, and one which has a Windows 7 installation (bootcamp). I need to reinstall OSX due to some system troubles and was wondering if I will need to reinstall Windows/Bootcamp all over again? If not, is there anything special I need to do or it will just work after installing OSX?

    Thanks!
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    They shouldn't interact on separate drives, but back everything up anyhow.

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  3. DarkC macrumors newbie

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    It's a known fact that reinstalling OSX breaks the OSX/bootcamp boot sequence (sorry, lack of a better name) and that afterwards, you'll lose the option to hold the option button to boot into your windows partition.

    What I can't seem to find on the net is someone that know how/successfully restored that boot sequence without reinstalling Windows. I'm about to reinstalling OSX and I'd just like a clear answer.

    I've read that inserting the Windows DVD and repairing MIGHT work but no confirmation...

    Anyone knows for sure?
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    Are you on a Mac Pro with Windows and OS X on separate drives like the OP in this thread?

    I will reassert that there should be no interaction in that case. With a partitioned Mac/Windows drive things may be different. If you are on a Mac Pro with separate drives, pull the Windows drive before you reinstall Mac OS and it will not be affected.

    Startup Repair in Windows 7 does a fair job, but even on my Windows/Linux PC I had to run it twice back-to-back to fix a startup problem. It also takes a long time.

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  5. DarkC macrumors newbie

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    No I don't have a Mac Pro but the MBR will be messed up whether you have 1 drive partitioned or 2 drive separately. Isn't that correct? In both case, reinstalling OSX won't touch your Windows partition/disk if done correctly.

    So you say that inserting the windows Repair disk will in fact fix the option to boot back in Windows?
     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    That's not how things work on the Mac Pro. On one of the Mac Pros I was using as a Windows box we pulled the OS X drive, installed Windows from scratch on a new drive (insert Windows installer hold Alt at boot) and then re-attached the OS X drive with no issues in booting either OS X or Windows.

    I have used it successfully on my MBP (MacOS10.6/Win764U GPT/MBR) and on my PC when they would no longer boot Windows.

    You can back up and restore the MBR using the same low-level dd commands Winclone does if you're feeling adventurous.

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