issues with partitioning, restoring OSX

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Stubby Boardman, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Stubby Boardman macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2009
    My (summer 2008) MacBook is dual-booted with OSX and Windows XP. Or I should say it was. I plan on selling it soon so I backed up my important files and did a Zero Out Data sweep in hopes of removing any sensitive information.

    I'm the kind of person that would rather attempt trial and error before conceding to follow some step-by-step guide. But this time it cost me. I deleted my OSX partition and am now left with Windows XP. When I boot from my OSX install disk it eventually asks me where I would like to install the OS, but only offers me a choice of the (25gb) Windows partition. I see no options listed that suggest how to create a partition at that point.

    So I assume I need to create a partition from within Windows first. I went to Administrative Tools > Disk Management and found a list of several partitions. Two of them are around 200MB in size but the other two are ~25GB and ~125GB. The latter is obviously the remnants of my OSX partition but when I (right-)click on it the only option offered is to delete it.

    At this point I realized my trial and error method might hurt me further so I thought I'd ask you lovely folks for assistance. I'm actually quite new to computers and even more unfamiliar with technical actions like this (especially on a Mac). I would greatly appreciate any help.

    Lastly, I have no issue with deleting my Windows partition if necessary
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    When booted to your computer's restore disk, you can open Disk Utility under the Utilities menu.

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