Formatting as a Single OSX Volume [Removing Ubuntu Partition]

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Twilight Elk, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. Twilight Elk macrumors regular

    Twilight Elk

    Aug 31, 2007
    Hello everyone.

    First off, I hope I put this in the right spot as I assumed this is the best place for Boot Camp help.

    Now, I set up a partition to run Ubuntu on my MacBook, but now I want to remove that partition to make room for Windows XP. When I go to Boot Camp Assistant, I try to click 'Continue' but it gives me this:


    I thought I could fix the problem using Disk Utility, but I couldn't understand what I could do. I thought it would work by erasing them, but I may have made the problem worse.

    Here is what it looks like:


    I tried booting the Ubuntu disc as I read I could remove the partition using that, but I don't understand how that would work.

    Thank you for any help and sorry for the burden.
  2. carlosbutler macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2008
    London City
    I guess the way Linux was installed was on the same partition as the start up disk maybe, hence the error message. The easiest thing to do (and possibly the only thing) is to use Time Machine you create a copy of your OS X installation and then simply reinstall OS X, and create a bootcamp partition immediately before you restore from your Time Machine backup as Bootcamp needs to have a contiguous partition on the physical drive.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Can you scroll down and show us what is under the Elk Drive partition? It clearly looks like there is something down there. You've got to get rid of BOOTCAMP, disk0s5 and Linux swap before you can use Boot Camp Assistant again.

    EDIT: better still, open and show us the output of "diskutil list"


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