Reformatting the main partition

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pmkenny1234, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. pmkenny1234 macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2008
    I've got a Mac Pro (early 2008 edition) and I installed Windows 7 via boot camp. I no longer use the OSX on the main partition because I boot OSX on this computer from an external drive.

    I would like to format the main partition (where my old OSX is) so I can use it for file storage from both OSX and Windows, but I'm afraid I might screw up the boot capabilities by doing so. Can anyone confirm that my Windows 7 boot camp partition will still boot successfully after formatting my old OSX partition to FAT32 (or whatever makes the most sense)?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    If you just format the OS X partition, there won't be any issues. It can still boot into Windows just like before
  3. pmkenny1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2008
    That worked! Thank you for the help. I'm always nervous when I'm messing with bootable drives. Now to actually use all that previously wasted space. ;-)

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