HELP NEEDED - Windows has taken over my mac

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  1. frankenbuster macrumors newbie

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    When I installed my boot camp operating system I selected the partition I would like and that was fine. But it deleted my mac partition and so I put in a Mac Disc to fix all this. It doesn't boot into mac discs anymore. Only Windows ones. I attached an external firewire hard drive with Mac OS X installed on it and the same thing happened it didn't boot.

    Please help I am stuck and out of ideas
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    What happens when you hold down Option when you start your Mac? Does it list your Mac dvd or external hard drive?
     
  3. frankenbuster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes it does then just freezes like it was booting into windows
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    What happens if you tell it to boot from its reinstallation dvd?
     
  5. frankenbuster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It just sits there frozen like it does when i boot into windows but stays frozen and doesn't move
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    How long have you let it sit and attempt to boot from its dvd?
     
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    Sorry, not sure where I got iMac from.
     
  11. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Reinstall OSX (sounds like you killed the partition anyway), restore (Time Machine?) and try installing boot camp one more time.
     
  12. frankenbuster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I can't reinstall OSX, It won't boot into any devices/operating systems besides windows
     
  13. ajcrow93 macrumors member

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    Are you absolutely sure that it deleted your mac partition?

    If you used the bootcamp utility then it should not have done that unless something really weird is going on with your computer.

    Just a question, did you install the bootcamp drivers off the osx install cd that came with your macbook pro after installing windows?
    That should allow the windows installation to read apple formatted drives, as well as install the bootcamp system tray, which will let you select your default boot drive.

    If windows has become the default (which from memory from when I installed windows on my macbook pro became the case), then at the moment holding down option will not work, and neither will trying to boot off the install CD to fix your mac, as it is also formatted for mac.

    Those bootcamp drivers on the install disk are important if you are going to run windows on your mac without any big problems.

    If you have already done this, then maybe something odd has happened during the install.
    Another possibility could be that you could have by mistake formatted over your osx installation while installing windows?

    During the step that looks like this: http://www.iclarified.com/images/tutorials/2672/10878/10878.jpg

    could you have selected the wrong partition?

    Hopefully someone will be able to help you out further on these forums.
     
  14. frankenbuster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just installed Windows 7 as a tester and it says my mac hard disk partition is only unpartitioned space even though there should be a partition there
     
  15. Intell macrumors P6

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    Windows 7 will not recognize a Mac partition and will just label it as unformatted.
     
  16. frankenbuster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In the installer it should have said something like Hidden or Unknown instead of Unpartitioned Space
     
  17. Intell macrumors P6

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    Unpartitioned is what the Windows 7 installer calls HFS+ (Mac) partitions. Are you absolutely sure you installed Windows on the correct partition and formatted the correct partition?
     
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    Normally, to set an alternate startup volume, such as a bootable CD or DVD, you should use the Startup Disk system preference. However, if your regular boot disk is damaged or if you can't set the CD or DVD as a startup device from the system preference, try one of the following options:

    Restart your computer and immediately press the Option key. Icons for all available startup volumes will appear. Click the one you want to boot from, and then click the right arrow button to complete the startup process.

    Restart your computer and immediately press Command-Option-Shift-Delete. You must press all the keys at once. The computer will start to boot from the CD or DVD drive. If there isn't a bootable disc inside the drive when you begin the reboot, the computer will attempt to boot from another partition or drive.

    Restart your computer and immediately press the c key. The computer will look for a bootable CD or DVD and, if it finds one, will use it as its startup device.
     
  19. frankenbuster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have tried all of those options and none of them work
     
  20. MJL macrumors 6502a

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    silly question perhaps - but are you using a wired keyboard? (if a wireless and the bootcamp is not installed then that -could- explain your issues)
     
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    I take it you don't have the Bootcamp Assistant installed in Windows? If you do, click on that in the system tray and see if it shows any other partition. Then set that as your startup and see what happens.

    Alternatively, if you haven't yet installed the Bootcamp drivers, put your OS X disc in and run it, let it install them once you're in logged into Windows. Don't insert it until you are logged into Windows. Then try the above step.

    If that doesn't work? That's far above my rather rudimentary level of knowledge...
     
  23. frankenbuster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I took the hard disk out to see if that had any effect at all and it didn't even come up with the no hard drive symbol just a white screen
     
  24. Intell macrumors P6

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    What happens when you start it up with the Mac OS X dvd in and no hard drive?

    One other thing I thought of: Why don't you try resetting the PRAM? http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1379
     
  25. frankenbuster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just reset the PRAM and now it makes the apple bong. When a disc is inserted with no hard drive it just sits there on a white screen then comes up with the no bootable device logo
     

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