Partition Failure - Boot Camp Help Please!

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  1. zizaniestar macrumors newbie

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    I was using Boot Camp to repartition my hard drive when it prompted me to restart my computer by holding down the power button for "several seconds" and then clicking restart. Well, my computer shut down and when I turned it back on, my disk is partitioned all right, but I never got to install windows, so there's about 50GB I can't access! It doesn't appear as a separate disk, just as used space.

    I tried disk utility, but I don't really know what I'm doing and don't want to make things worse! The disk repair option is not available.

    Please help! I can't even go back into boot camp and restore it to one volume.
     
  2. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    This sounds awfully like kernel panic.

    By any chance, did the prompt look like this? [​IMG]
     
  3. zizaniestar thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    Definitely!

    I hope you have backups!

    You are going to need to reformat the drive completely and restore everything in order to get back the space.
     
  5. zizaniestar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, so to reformat do I just re-install Mac OSX?
     
  6. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    No. Just follow this:

    1. Boot from the installer DVD.

    2. On the first screen check English and stop there.

    3. Under the Utilities menu, launch Disk Utility.

    4. In DU select the device (drive), not the volume beneath it.

    5. Click the Partition tab

    6. Change "Current" to "1 Partition"

    7. Make sure that it is set for Mac OS extended (journaled)

    8. Name the disk (do not use spaces or special characters).

    9. Click Apply.

    This will reformat your disk. Once done, quit DU and proceed with the installation.
     
  7. zizaniestar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you so much! I will go ahead and try it :)
     
  8. ruskiwi macrumors member

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