Different ways to restore partition? need help!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by imac123, May 26, 2008.

  1. imac123 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2008
    After vmware fusion has messed up on me and won't let me log back into windows xp, I would like to start over again and restore the partition, create a new one, and run bootcamp fresh.

    However, boot camp won't let me restore the partition (it just "thinks" forever and I have to just quit bootcamp and after that nothing has changed).

    Should I use the "erase" option in the disk utility? If so, what options/settings should I choose? And will that restore the partition back to one or will it just erase the contents on the windows partition?
  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    If Boot Camp refuses to restore the partition, chances are it's been damaged and is no longer recognized. Back up all your data first and then run disk utility from your Leopard install DVD. Erase the disk first and format it as HFS+, select GUID for the partition. Install OS X.

    After that, you should be able to run the Boot Camp assistant once more to create a new partition for Windows. Too many folks have run into difficulty running their Boot Camp partition in a VM using either Parallels or Fusion.

    If you're not a gamer and don't really need to have XP run in its own partition, just install it in Fusion and use it that way. Also saves having to activate twice.

  3. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    My suggestion is to...

    If I had your problem, I would use SuperDuper to copy my OSX out to a firewire or USB drive. I would then boot from the external drive (your fresh image of your OSX) and run disk utility. I would repartition the internal drive to one GUID partiton. Then run SuperDuper to copy the external drive image to the internal drive. Reboot to the internal drive. Run BootCamp Assistant and create a new BootCamp partition and then reinstall Windows.

    However you should do a search here for "Backup and Restore of BootCamp" as there is a way to prepare for a restore that allows you to recover and or resize the BootCamp partition without having to start fresh with windows.


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