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SubjectRemoving a partition Reply to this message
Posted bysdplayer
Posted on07/28/07 06:41 AM



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.

Thanks.




SubjectRecovery partition on a MacBook Pro? new Reply to this message
Posted bywildcat
Posted on07/28/07 11:42 AM



> 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.




SubjectRe: Recovery partition on a MacBook Pro? new Reply to this message
Posted bysdplayer
Posted on07/29/07 07:19 AM



Thanks for the reply. The partition was put in by a company called Microlink which specialises in supplying Mac Books to universities.

I think I've managed to erase the partition and re-install Mac OS. Only thing is, from a 160gb hard disk drive Mac OS reports 130gb free. That seems to have been a lot of space taken up by the OS(tiger).

I'm not familiar with the Mac system so maybe I just need to expand my knowledge of Mac OS.





SubjectRe: Recovery partition on a MacBook Pro? new Reply to this message
Posted bywildcat
Posted on07/30/07 02:44 AM



> Thanks for the reply. The partition was put in by a company called Microlink
> which specialises in supplying Mac Books to universities.

Oh, well, that's OK then. You can go ahead and void their warranty as much as you want; as long as you're not voiding Apple's warranty those other guys can go blow for providing a service you don't need in the first place.

(I just looked at their website, and I notice that with the new-found strength of the dollar, you guys are getting raped almost two-to-one, probably more after taxes. Does Apple really not care about the edu market over there as much as they do care about it over here? They damn near bend over backwards for us for selling their shit in our store, and that's even including some of the shit they've screwed us on.)




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