Will this erase Macintosh HD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Macsaurus, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Macsaurus macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2011
    I wanted to install Linux into a 15 GB partition. So I made a Boot Camp partition, deleted it in the Linux LiveCD then made a 15GB partition for data and a 1GB partition for cache (as the instructions on the Ubuntu wiki said).

    After several hours of trying, I gave up since I somehow messed up and I'm too scared of Linux installing over my Mac OS.

    So now I want those 15 GB back, as I have a 160GB HD and 15GB is a sizable portion. In Boot Camp Assistant it says that it can merge it back with Macintosh HD, but I don't want to risk data loss as I messed up with Time Machine when I had my HD replaced after it crashed.

    I've attached a screenshot of Boot Camp Assistant.

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  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Nope, that will just erase the small partition you made, and will leave everything in Macintosh HD alone.
  3. Macsaurus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2011
    But the Boot Camp partition was deleted in gparted, then a new one made in gparted. The current partition is not a Boot Camp partition, so I want to make sure I run no risks of data loss.
  4. MacForScience macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2010
    Whenever you mess with partitioning drives with data on them there is always a risk of dataloss. You should make a data only backup of your drive then perform the operation.

  5. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Use Disk Utility. If it says at any point "this will delete all your data", it will delete all your data. If it doesn't say it, your data will stay intact.

    And obviously you should use Time Machine to backup your data and be on the safe side. If you mess up your data and have no backup it's your own fault.

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