How to De-compartmentalize Macbook Pro

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  1. indiegirl macrumors newbie

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    How do I de-compartmentalize my MacBook Pro? I have Windows XP and have compartmentalized my MacBook Pro. Can you give me step by step instructions on how to get ride of the Windows compartment? Thank you! Lisa

    I have Mac OSX 10.4.11 2 GHz Intel Core Duo 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

    I seem to be having problems with Boot Camp Assistant. It is not working. Do I need to download a new version? Please help! Thanks!
     
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    To remove Windows from your computer:

    1. In Mac OS X, quit all open applications and log out any other users on your computer.
    2. Open Boot Camp Assistant, in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.
    3. Select “Restore the startup disk to a single volume,” and then click Continue.


    from Removing Windows from Your Computer
    via SEARCH "mac os x remove windows partition"

    Dividing a physical HDD in different volumes (Mac OS X on one volume, Windows on another, Data on another, ...) is called partitioning, the divisions are called partitions.
     
  3. szark macrumors 68030

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    You forgot the first step: back up anything on the Windows partition that you want to keep. ;)
     
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    I thought the OP would have already taken care of it, as she said, she wants to get RID of it, and honestly, I just copied and paste already existing knowledge with a link to the source, which has a warning on its site. :)

    Warning: Make a backup of the important information on your computer before removing Windows. Windows software and all other information on the Windows partition will be erased.

    from Removing Windows from Your Computer
    via SEARCH "mac os x remove windows partition"
     
  5. indiegirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    can't find Boot Camp Assistant

    hi i looked under applications, utilities and can't find boot camp assistant. can you help?

     
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    try searching for it in spotlight, which is the magnifying glass at the top right of your screen.
     
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    What Mac OS X version do you have?

    To find out:

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    Can you locate it via Spotlight (CMD+SPACEBAR or the loupe icon on the top right)?
     
  8. indiegirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i have Mac OSX 10.4.11

    i have Mac OSX 10.4.11

     
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    Then you should have Boot Camp Assistant (BCA), but as it was still in "beta" in 10.4.x, BCA was disabled on December 31st, 2007.

    Do you still have your restore DVDs? If so, try Pacifist and extract the BCA from the Boot Camp installer.
     
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    The other option is to use Disk Utility. On the left panel, choose your hard drive then in the right panel select the Partition tab. Click on the Windows partition (and triple-check that you have the right one!) then click the "minus" button underneath it to remove it.

    If you decide to do that, post back here once you're done and we'll work on expanding your other partition to fill the drive.
     
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    Boot Camp Beta was a download only for 10.4, no? You would also have to set your date back to fool it since it won't run anymore.

    Boot Camp Beta: Removing a Windows partition after Boot Camp Beta has expired in Mac OS X 10.4

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1309

    B
     
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    Ah, thanks. Forgot that. Thanks for pointing the OP in the right direction, I might have put her onto installing Solaris eventually I think. :eek:
     
  13. indiegirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hi i've downloaded pacifist. what do i need to do now? can you tell me step by step please? thank you!

    if i get rid of windows partition, will that delete Windows XP and I will not be able to use Boot Camp Partition with VMware?

     
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    Read the following post, as I was wrong about BC being included on the Restore DVDs.

    Link repeated: Boot Camp Beta: Removing a Windows partition after Boot Camp Beta has expired in Mac OS X 10.4

    Maybe you would like some BeOS?

    Link repeated: Boot Camp Beta: Removing a Windows partition after Boot Camp Beta has expired in Mac OS X 10.4


    Another Link: Boot Camp 1.3b for Mac OS X 10.4, to download click on this link



    Removing the Windows partition will remove (delete) Windows XP, as Windows XP resides on that Windows partition.
    As Windows has been removed (deleted), VMWare won't be able to see or boot from the Boot Camp partition anymore.
     
  15. indiegirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hi

    how can i decrease the space taken up by window's partition? decrease the GB? thanks!

     
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    Have you deleted the Windows partition? You can resize the Mac partition to fill the entire drive by using Terminal (in Utilities).

    Type this command exactly as written (it might be best to copy/paste it):

    sudo diskutil resizeVolume / 100%

    That will prompt for your password, and will then resize the "/" (main) partition to fill 100% of the drive.
     

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