How format HDD and reinstall Leopard?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Storm9, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. Storm9 macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2007
    I think I messed up Bootcamp I forgot that the XP I was installing was SP1 not SP2.

    It didnt install and I had to shut it down. I deleted the partition via bootcamp.
    But now when I start it says "Insert Boot any key to continue" But keyboard wont register.

    However I can still boot into Leopard if I start the laptop holding down option. When I do so only one option shows up..which is leopard.

    I want to reformat and reinstall, unless there is a simpler way. I just got this MAcbook Pro yesterday so no data to worry about.
  2. darwinian macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2008
    In R4, more or less
    There probably is a simpler way. Try opening Disk Utility and seeing if the partition is still recognized by OS X. You can reformat the partition here and you can even delete it entirely and re-merge it with your OS X partition. While historically this was something to hold one's breath over in the windays of fdisk, etc., it's worked for me fine on OS X.

    Plus, if you have no data, then I'm much more comfortable suggesting this. :)
  3. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    For complete reformat:

    Boot from MacBook Pro disk 1 -> Disk utility -> format boot disk as 1 partition -> reinstall Leopard
  4. seabass1213 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    I do myself have bootcamp installed, and you need to have plug in a protable keyboard, i dont know why, i had to do the same with a macbook, so then just go through the installation, then after your done, click option when u start it up, because if you let ig o, ur boot camp installation is going to go on forever, so click option and clikc mac or Pc, and eject the dick and ur done!
  5. Storm9 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2007
    I decided to reformat. Thanks guys. Hopefully this will take care of it.

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