I screwed up my HDD! HELP!!!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stratocaster, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. stratocaster macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2007
    I have a mid range white MB with 2.16ghz C2D, 2Gb RAM, and 120GB HDD. Now I have a few games and programs that are windows only so I downloaded boot camp. Now from what I had heard I thought that boot camp was pretty simple and it was, till... So I went and gave my HDD a 32GB partition for windows and decided to install it the next day. So when I went to install windows the install never finished because of a fatal error(something about an I/O device?:confused:) and when I restarted I went to install Linux instead and when I got to partitioning the 32GB it wouldn't let me so now I have 32GB of FAT32 un-mounted freespace that I can't turn back into Mac OS Journaled. Does anyone know how to get the computer to either mount the drive and reformat it back to Mac OS or just reformat the entire drive back to one partition? I have no idea what to do! I've tried Disk Utility and it won't mount the drive or erase it. I've hit a dead end.:(
  2. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Boot Camp didn't screw up your HD.You did by not following directions.

    I'd do a complete re-install from your install disk.
  3. stratocaster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2007
    Ok... how do I do a complete re-install from the disk? I tried before and it only sees the 80GB of Mac OS Journaled.
  4. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    When you boot up the install disk click utilities in the menu bar (I think) and run disk utility. Use it to return the disk to one partition and format. *All data will be lost*

    Essentially what you will do is this:

    1: Run Disk Utility

    2: Select disk in question

    3: You can do one of two things now:
    a. Select the Partition tab and set it to one partition. Then click the partition button on the bottom right. THat will return it to one partition. Or,
    b. Select the erase tab while on the main disk (not partitions of that disk) and erase it. Which will effectively remove the partition table. Unless you want to do more than 1 partition this would be the simplest option.

    4: Close Disk Utility and install OS X.

    Reference images included.

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  5. stratocaster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2007
  6. stratocaster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2007
    I got rid the freespace:D, but now I have two Macintosh HDs:(. How do I make it one whole disk again? Do I go under the disk utility and partition the the whole drive back to one partition then reinstall Mac OSX?:confused:
  7. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    yeah. boot disk utility off the dvd and delete the whole disk, and make it in to only one partition.
  8. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    I added some images to show you how to do it. Hope that helps. Good luck!
  9. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    Have you tried running the BootCamp Assistant from within Mac OS X again?

    There is an option that says "Restore the startup disk to a single volume"
  10. stratocaster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2007
    Thanks suneohair. I went throught the disk utility on my install disk and now everything is back to normal. I didn't realize it was as simple as that.
  11. dlunatics macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2007
    thank you so much for this forum..
    I had the same problem and I just fixed it..
    thank you so much!!!:)

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