Deleting Bootcamp Partition and Reinstalling

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  1. HahaHaha321, Aug 20, 2013
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    HahaHaha321 macrumors member

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    Hello all,

    Yesterday, I installed Windows 8 using Boot Camp on my 2012 13" Macbook Pro. Unfortunately, I underestimated how much space I will need for programs on that partition, so I was planning to delete the Windows 8 Partition, then reinstall it from scratch again since I don't have any important files on it yet. Just to be sure, is it okay to do this? It would be just like starting again, right? Also, will there be any Windows activation issues because I installed it twice? Is there a way to deactivate it before hand? I have the Windows 8 Full Version/OEM (WN7-00404).

    Thanks for the clarification!
     
  2. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you first wipe out the current Windows partition by restoring your disk to a single OS X partition in Boot Camp, then you start the Boot Camp Assistant again and create a new Windows partition and continue as before. Your OEM license is tied to the motherboard on which you first installed, there'll be no activation issue as long as you reinstall only on the same MBP.
     
  3. HahaHaha321 thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, I'll give it a shot then. Thanks for your response!
     
  4. HahaHaha321, Aug 20, 2013
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    HahaHaha321 thread starter macrumors member

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    After reinstalling Windows with a larger partition size, it seems to be working just fine. However, one thing I've noticed when looking in the Windows 8 Explorer, the Hard Disk size for Mac OS X appears smaller than I partitioned it to (465GB instead of 499GB). However, when looking in Mac Disk Info, both partitions show the correct sizes: 500 and 250GB. Is this okay?
     
  5. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

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    The OS X since 10.6 uses base 10 definition to measure disk/file size, while Windows uses base 2 definition as explained here. Therefore they are just two different measurements for the same item.
     
  6. HahaHaha321, Aug 22, 2013
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    HahaHaha321 thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay great! I also found that when installing Photoshop for OS X, when selecting the Macintosh HD to install on, it also says "465GB Total" while the BOOTCAMP partition correctly shows 250. So this is also not wrong but a different kind of measurement?
     

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