Windows still showing after I've uninstalled

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by juliancs, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. juliancs macrumors 6502

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    I received a second hand mac pro yesterday. Windows was not installed, nor does it show up in Finder/Disk Utility/Starup disk. I have erased/reinstalled the 2 HDs that came in the computer. However, if I start up and hold down option, I get the choice to choose windows as is if it were installed. If I click on it, I am told "operating system missing". Does anyone have any pointers to get rid of this ghost choice?

    I've tried repairing/verifying as well.

    thanks
     
  2. ildondeigiocchi macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried erasing the data on the HDD via Disk Utility. Then doing a clean install of Leopard or Snow Leopard. Also Disk Utility should indicate if the Windows partition is still there.
     
  3. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a

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    Just a guess, but if you use Boot_Camp_Assistant.app can you erase a partition?
     
  4. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry if I was not clear - I've done everything there is to do in disk utility. There is no mention of a partition for it anywhere, only when I hold option.
     
  5. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a

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    Again, another guess, I don't think the info for when there is a partition is on the disk, but maybe on the board (I could be totally wrong), so maybe try creating a partition via boot camp assistant and then try removing the partition using that application, it may remove something more.
     
  6. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    tried that. I've installed windows on there, so both now show up. Guess I will live with it.
     
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