> I've just received (free of charge) a top spec Apple MacBook Pro. My intention
> was to use Bootcamp to partition the hard disk drive and install Windows XP so I
> can run my favourite emulators etc.
> However, it appears the hard disk drive has already been partitioned (according
> to the help support desk the partition is to create a 'data disk' for the
> purposes of system recovery, and if I remove this partition I void my warranty
> for technical help and support).
> Frankly, I don't care about this (my university paid for the laptop anyway). I
> just want this partition removed/erased so I can proceed with bootcamp.
> Ideally, using the Mac OS install discs, I'd like to do a complete
> re-installation of Mac OS that also resets the hard disk to a single partition
> along the way. I've already attempted to do this but unfortunately all I did was
> re-install the OS onto its original partition.
> If anyone knows how to re-install Mac OS while restoring the hard disk to a
> single partition, some step by step instructions would be much appreciated.
I've never heard of an Apple computer with a recovery partition. Usually they just ship with system restore discs. Anyway, if there is a recovery partition, you should be able to use Disk Utility to restore the disk to one partition. It shouldn't erase the partition, but if it does, then use the SR discs. After that, download and run Boot Camp and it'll take care of Windows partitioning from there.