New iMac, Broken already...HELP!!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by matt1219, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. matt1219 macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2008
    I tried to install Windows XP on my new iMac, and it formatted my hard drive to a Windows Read Only. I cannot erase the drive and unmounting didn't work. I'm going to the Apple Store right now to try to get a vacancy before Friday, anything I can do before I go?
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I'm assuming you tried to use Boot Camp to install XP... did you print and read the setup guide carefully? Sounds like you formatted the wrong partition while in Windows.

    The fix for this is relatively simple, assuming you didn't have anything important on that iMac. All you need to do is start up the iMac from the DVD that came with it, but before installing Mac OS X open Disk Utility and reformat the drive to a single GUID partition, so Mac OS X can use it. Install Mac OS X as normal, install any updates that are available, then set up Boot Camp.
  3. matt1219 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2008
    First of all, too late, Apple tried to fix it, they couldn't, and need to replace the drive which will take a whopping 3 days! I don't get why it would take that long.

    Second, I can't even do that. I can't erase, can't do anything. All grayed out.

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