Cannot Remove Bootcamp! I erased it first :(

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Saladsamurai, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Saladsamurai macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2009
    Ok, so I thought I was a know it all and thought I could remove my Windows partition without reading the instructions. Typically one would do the following:

    However, I messed it up. Instead of going through Bootcamp assistant, I went through Disk Utility and "erased" the Bootcamp volume. Now I am not sure where I at? I erased it, but you can still see the Bootcamp volume listed.


    And now when O try to use Bootcamp assistant to remove the partition I get the following:

    Any ideas? I want to reinstall a Windows, but want to start fresh.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    When in disk utility, click on the drive itself, and go into the partition tab, you should be able to restore it to a single partition from there.
  3. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I hope that works for you because when I tried that I had to reformat the entire drive and start from scratch.
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Careful with that. Selecting single partition from here will likely give you a fresh new empty single partition.

    Here's a guide to using Disk Utility

    FWIW Erase just reformats the partition, which is what you did.

    What you want to do is delete the BOOTCAMP partition (with the minus sign under the partition table) and then resize the OS X partition to fill the empty space by dragging the lower right corner.

  5. Saladsamurai thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2009
    Hey folks,

    Yeah, I solved this by:

    1. Going to Disk Utility and highlighting my hard drive (highest in hierarchy on left pane).

    2. Repair the disk

    3. With the Hard drive highlighted Click partition tab

    4. In the right pane, select the old Bootcamp partition and click " - " to remove

    5. Now drag out the partition separator line so that it stretches out over entire drive

    6. Click APPLY

    7. Quit Installer and select reboot from hard disk option

    8. Be happy :)

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