Urgent: Mac OS X is gone. I now own a $2000 paperweight

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Billychu, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Billychu macrumors newbie

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    Yesterday I decided to remove my Windows XP partition from my MacBook Pro and double it's size. Unfortunately, while running my Windows XP install disk, I deleted my OS X partition. I now have a barely functioning Windows XP taking up 100 GB of space and the rest of my 250 GB drive is raw space, and I can't figure out how to reinstall OS X. I have a back of my OS X partition on an external drive, but I don't see how I can use it to restore my lost OS.
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    Insert the OS X disc and hold "c" while turning on the computer, it will boot from the DVD, and you can reinstall the OS, and then restore from your backup and all will be fine. :)
     
  3. Billychu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've tried this. It doesn't load the disk and goes to XP.
     
  4. LTX macrumors regular

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    Try holding the Alt/Option key immediately after pressing the power button, until you get to a screen with a picture of a hard drive and a CD. Use the arrow keys and Enter to choose the CD.
     
  5. Billychu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I see what the problem is now. My Mac can't read the disk. Only my Windows partition appears. Can I download and burn a copy of the disk, or do I need to buy a new one?
     
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  7. LTX macrumors regular

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    Free, in many cases.
     
  8. Billychu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There's no other reason the disk couldn't be appearing, right? I just tested the drive and an audio CD worked (but I don't have any drivers on XP so I couldn't listen to it). Could the disc be damaged? Or did I screw something up and my Mac won't recognize even if I get a new one?
     
  9. LTX macrumors regular

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    Which DVD are you using? Retail Leopard DVD or the gray restore discs? If using the gray discs, did you put in disc 1 (I don't know if disc 2 will boot)?
     
  10. Billychu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm using the gray disk Looking at it I see it says applications install DVD. Looks like I was using the wrong disk. Wow.
     
  11. LTX macrumors regular

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    Haha :p

    Did you find the other disc? Does it boot?
     
  12. Billychu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    YES!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I really didn't want to go to college with a broken laptop.
     
  13. Billychu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm trying to format my entire hard drive and reinstall from a backup, but after formatting, my internal hard drive no longer appears on the list of drives to install to. How do I format it?

    EDIT: It seems to have fixed itself.
     
  14. crewrules101 macrumors member

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    when you insert your grey disk #1, and hold down the option button, select the CD to boot from. When the Mac OS X installer opens, look up at the top menu bar where the apple logo is. There should be an option for utilities. Select it and scroll down to the application "Disk Utility". When that opens, click on your hard drive. Select it and in the window there is a button that says format. Click on that one and format your hard drive using Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Once you erase your HD, you then can reboot, and boot from the CD again, and proceed with normal instalation where you select your hard drive, and yadda yadda.

    If you need more help, PM me.

    -Scott
     
  15. Billychu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Already did that. But my hard drive wasn't appearing at first. I had to restart.
     
  16. jmann macrumors 604

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    You should go to the Genius Bar and have them check it out. They should be able to help you.
     

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