Removing GRUB After Linux Partition Is Removed

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gtr053, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. gtr053 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    I previously installed Ubuntu on my MBP and ended up not liking it. So I removed the partition. I also had Windows 7 installed but removed that partition as well. Now GRUB is hanging on for dear life. How can I clean my MBP up? I am not liking the looks of disk1 at all. I want it to be like I never had any other partitions.

    Tyler@dhcp-218-096:~$ diskutil list
    0: GUID_partition_scheme *250.1 GB disk0
    1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
    2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 249.6 GB disk0s2
    0: FDisk_partition_scheme *4.0 GB disk1
    1: Linux 3.8 GB disk1s1
    2: Linux_Swap 193.2 MB disk1s5

    P.S. I'd like to not have to reinstall Mac OS X. I doubt it matters in this case, but I've got OS X 10.6.4.

    And it looks like that disk1 might me recognizing that I've plugged a 4 GB bootable Linux flash drive.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    It's not an easy process to remove the grub partition, as that over-wrote the boot sector.

    While I'm sure solutions exist, I found it easier to repartition and reload osx. I have both a carbon copy cloner backup of my system and time machine, so it was a fairly simple process.

    In googling this I found its possible to boot off the linux live cd and issue some terminal commands.

    I've refrained from putting them in, because the posts are rather old, not sure if they'll work and they may be assumnig that the hard drive type is MBR and not GUID.

    Did you search/post to the ubuntu forum. Those folks are quite helpful and may have an easy solution.

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