How to unpartition Mac OSX 10.5.8 drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jhill25, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. jhill25 macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2007
    I recently partitioned my Macbook Pro's drive so i could dual boot ubuntu but after quickly losing interest in running ubuntu, i now want my full hard drive space back, but when i try to unpartion using boot camp i get a message stating,

    "Back up the disk and use Disk Utility to format it as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume. Restore your information to the disk and try using Boot Camp Assistant again."

    I understand normal procedure would be to back up my system and reinstall OSX using the boot disc, but i unfortunately have lost this disc, is there any way to unpartition using some sly macrumor's tricks, or i am just going to have to buy a new install disc, all help will be much appreciated, Thanks!
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    I don't know of a way, maybe Disk Utility might help you.
    MRoogle though will find you more than plenty of threads about this issue.

    Also you can get replacement Restore DVDs for your Mac from Apple for a fee of 15 to 30€ or you can get the Snow Leopard installation DVD and use that.
  3. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Boot camp? Why on e... nevermind

    Disk Utility.. Delete the Ubuntu partition. Stretch the Mac partition out to fill the disk. Hit 'apply'. Bingo
  4. Ardoptres macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2009
    Open Disk Utility, hit 'partition', select Ubuntu, hit the '-' button next to the '+' button. Done.
  5. rjjk91 macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009
    i am having the same issue, but I can not drag the mac partition to fill the screen, all the options are grey. help?!
  6. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    If you meant the partition where Mac OS X resides on, then maybe you can try it via the gray restore DVDs that came with your Mac or the SL Upgrade DVD if you have it and use Disk Utility booted from those installation DVDs.

    Have you also taken a look at MRoogle, if similar threads can help you?
  7. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    What I would suggest is if you have an external hard drive that is equal to the size of your internal hard drive, make a clone of your mac OSX drive using carbon copy cloner. You can then boot to this external clone and erase/repartition the internal hard drive with disk utility. After that you can then restore the internal hard drive from your external clone and have all your space back.
  8. msevild macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2007
    I can't say if it will help in this scenario, but sometimes I have found that when the partition that has the OS on it is not set to a journaled file system, then you are unable to stretch the remaining free space back to the drive. You might need to click upper right hide/show toolbar button to get the enable journaling option to appear. Try this and see if that solves the problem. Look at the attachment t see what I am talking about.

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