Lots of problems on a single afternoon.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by basubbens, May 2, 2009.

  1. basubbens macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2009

    A few weeks ago I bought my firt iMac, and boy was I happy with it. This afternoon however, I decided to install Windows xp on my mac because I kinda missed the lack of gaming possibilities. I started the bootcamp utility program and told it I wanted to create a second partition for Windows, I wanted my Windows-partition to be 75gb big. This was the point where I made the first mistake: I didn't backup my files, not that I could though, since I haven't got any external harddrives.

    Anyways, When it was done creating the partition it asked me whether I wanted to continue with the installation of Windows and naturally, I clicked yes. My system got rebooted and I was taken to a blue screen. It asked me some questions again untill I got to the point where it asked me what partition I wanted to choose to install Windows on. At this point I started to have doubts what I should do. There was only one partition I could choose from and the size of that partition didn't match any partition I ever created, nor did it match the actual size of my harddrive. I decided to reboot once again and try it again, but with no luck. Still only one partition.
    (Now please keep in mind that I am a complete idiotic newcomer when it comes to using Mac, I didn't know that I could press the option key during startup to go back to Mac OSX.)

    Eventually I decided to go on with the installation as I didn't think there was any other possibility anymore, telling myself that it would all be okay in the end.

    Another screen and another load of doubts, I had to choose how I wanted to format the partition. I don't know which one I picked but I was able to choose from 2 options, ''blablabla'' and ''blablabla -quick''. I went for the ''blablabla'' without it being quick and let it format for some time.
    I wasn't there when it reached 100% but I think the iMac rebooted after which it took me back to the exact same blue installation screen.
    *continue* *continue* *continue* Till in the end it told me something like ''We strongly advise you to choose another partition, installing Windows xp on a partition which already has another operating system installed on it could result into problems.''
    ''Why in god's name didn't it tell me that the first time I decided to format the wrong partition and thus (as far as I understood) deleting my harddrive...'' was my first thought. I went to my friend's place to use his computer and find out what the hell just happened and fount out about the possibility to press the option-key while starting the computer to choose an operating system. I ran home to try it out, rebooted the system, pressed option key and I got the the menu where I was supposed to be able to choose. Sadly the system didn't give me a choice and forced me to go for Windows, Mac was nowhere to be found... Leaving me with no choice I pressed Windows in the hope that I could at least install XP on my iMac, thus having at least one operating system for the moment. When I pressed ''Windows'' it took me to a black screen, and it stayed black.

    I went to my friend's again to find out how to manually eject the windows-disc from the superdrive, but I have yet to succeed (I tried the creditcard trick etc).

    Now as to my question, does anybody have any suggestions at all how I could solve this? And maybe even more important, did I really just lose all of my data?
    If something is not clear please ask me, and I'll try to elaborate more.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I would say "yes", you have likely lost everything at this point

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Installing bootcamp without backing up your data is an invitation for disaster. Bootcamp offers printed instructions that you can follow; people say if you don't follow them properly it's easy to make a mess.

    You'll probably have to start over from disk utility and re-install osx.
  4. basubbens thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2009
    Great, ah well, I guess people learn from their mistakes.
    And yeah, I'll try getting that wretched Windows-cd out so that I can install osx again.

  5. js81 macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    Its easy to get the Windows disc out. Hold Option when you start your Mac and that will get you to the boot menu. Once there, BEFORE selecting anything, press the eject key - and out pops the CD. Easy, easy, easy. :)

    Oh, yeah - sorry 'bout your bad luck... :(
  6. basubbens thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2009
    Thanks a lot, that did the trick! :D

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