Killed my MacBook, Entire HD is NTFS, HELP!

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  1. vultureboy70 macrumors member

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    So I killed my MacBook SR 2.2 Ghz. Using Boot Camp I tried to load Windows XP Pro SP2, and it formatted my entire HD to NTFS. Now when I boot up it says something like "NO BOOTABLE DRIVE FOUND". And when I try to reinstall from Mac OSX disc, it can't install because it's a NTFS formatted drive. I'm going to Mac Store Genius later today, but I just wanted some feedback and ideas on what I'm up against. Thanks in advance.:(
     
  2. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000

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    Boot up from the OS X install disc, then in the menu, go to Utilities, Disk Utility. You can reformat the drive from there.
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

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    Just reformat the drive and reinstall. You either chose the wrong drive when you were installing Windows or BootCamp allowed you to bork your drive.

    TEG
     
  4. vultureboy70 thread starter macrumors member

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    Reformat is grayed out

    Yep, already tried that. Reformat is grayed out. Thanks for the quick replies! Keep 'em coming! Looks like 2 options are still available: restore from Time Machine (but I didn't have that set up yet) and reinstall via network (but I don't have anything like that).:(
     
  5. myuserid08 macrumors 6502

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    Boot from the restore disk, disk util > partition > options > and verify GUID is selected if this is the startup drive > Name the volume “Macintosh HD.” > Apply the change by clicking the Partition button.
    Quit disk util and proceed with install.
     
  6. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Delete the partition from the partition tab by clicking on the partition(s) and click the minus. Then create a single partition and format the drive using the Erase tab.
     
  7. vultureboy70 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for replies; Apple Genius fixed using target disk mode

    Thanks everyone for your quick replies. Apple Genius in Burlingame fixed problem by booting mine using target disk mode and re-formatting / re-partitioning using their mac via firewire, probably using standard disk utility, not sure. I probably could have done this at home or work, but didn't have a second Leopard machine (just Tigers, maybe that would've worked too, hmmm). So everyone here's some free advice: be extra careful loading Windoze onto Boot Camp. I'm going to try fusion next....:eek:
     
  8. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Or just read the manual. You picked the wrong partition which is clearly documented.
     
  9. vultureboy70 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks everyone, mystery solved, mods please close thread

    Thanks kingjr3, I was so eager to get Windoze XP on the Mac that I neglected to read the manual and only followed the on-screen instructions. Mistake! But now I've read the manual and I'm enlightened (and sleepy, it's dry reading). :D
    Thanks again one and all. Long live Apple, Mac, and Steve. Cheers!
     
  10. wolfie67 macrumors newbie

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    hi all

    Ive been trying lots here to set up windows on my macbook, ive opened boot camp etc gave 10GB to windows and clicked partition, wait a couple mins and i keep getting...cant verify disk, any help????
     

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