Quick question - Does OSX get formatted if u use bootcamp?

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  1. vmflapem macrumors 6502

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    If you install Windows 8.1 using Bootcamp, does your MacOS also get formatted after installing it?
     
  2. Jacksonc macrumors 6502

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    If you mean formatting as in erasing the partition, no. Your Mac partition will remain the same. The only thing that will change is the size of the partition.
     
  3. vmflapem thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, yea, formatting as in wiping out.

    Thanks for your response!!
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yes, you can do it by accident, so be sure you're selecting the correct partition when you install Windows (or whatever other OS).
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    You need to format the bootcamp partition for Windows and in the process you select the bootcamp partition. IF you select the wrong partition, you will indeed erase your OSX volume. My advise, make sure you have a backup and be careful. It won't erase the OSX partition as a normal course of action, you need to choose the wrong partition but having a backup is always advisable.
     

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