Reinstalling OSX – What happens to my boot camp install?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by hamsterburger, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. hamsterburger macrumors member

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    I have recently been having problems with OSX. It has gotten so bad that I can’t even boot into OSX anymore. My Windows 7 bootcamp install works perfectly though.

    I’d like to reinstall OSX. What will happen to my windows install? Will reinstalling OSX somehow damage my Windows partition?

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  2. balamw Moderator

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    Not if you install it to the HFS+ partition on your HDD.

    I'd boot from the install CD. Run Disk Utility from the Utilities menu, and erase the contents of the HFS+ (Mac) partition. (clean slate).

    Then return to the installer and select the newly erased drive as the target of the install.

    EDIT: To be safe, make sure you back up your Windows partition anyhow. You can use Winclone for this easily.

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  3. hamsterburger thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, thanks for that info. I dont really have any files that need backing up om the windows partition, but it would have been a major hassle to have to reinstall boot camp and all the programs.

    :)
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    Better safe than sorry! A quick backup will allow you for a quick recovery when (not if) things go wrong.

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  5. SolRayz macrumors 6502a

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    It will do nothing to your bootcamp partition. You should be fine.
     
  6. lucifiel macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think the OP can use Winclone given that OS X isn't working.

    A windows side back up will have to suffice.
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    If the OP has an external drive (which they should anyhow to store the winclone image) they can install OS X to that, boot from it and use winclone that way before re-installing on the internal drive.

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