Does running Boot Camp for the first time wipe out what's on the mac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by frozencarbonite, May 5, 2010.

  1. frozencarbonite macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2006
    I've already installed all my software on my new Macbook Pro but now want to use Boot Camp to install Windows XP. Will I loose what I've already installed on the Mac HDD?

    Sorry if this is a lame question.
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Not unless you format the Mac's boot drive after partitioning.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Another thing to be mindful of is using a "system restore" disc version of XP from a prior computer can frequently wipe out the HDD as part of their standard process. They are just doing their job, restoring the system to facory conditions which would not have included OS X.

    You should be using a clean/generic retail or OEM version of XP that already includes SP2. If not, be very careful!


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