Accidentally re-partitioned mac os x with win xp using bootcamp
I was using Mac os x 10.5.6 and decided i'd create a dual boot on my mac. so i used a pre-sp2 win xp cd. worked before no problem only difference is last time i wanted an even split between windows and leopard but this time i only wanted to allocate 32GB to windows.
anyway the long and short of t is that i wasn't paying attention and suddenly noticed that it said quick format ntfs or full format ntfs and i didn't want an ntfs format because i needed leopard to be able to read the data. So I aborted. when i my mc back on it just hung at a black screen. when i rebooted and hit the option key it showed window drive instead of my mac and i was so confident it would work that i didn't back up my hard disk before.
is there anyway to get my data back? i tried boomerang recover but it could only recover ntfs partitions pre-mac usage. Is there anyway to get my hard disk and file structure back?
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I take it the laptop is dual boot and the sound works ok when used under Mac OSX. If this is the case, then the laptop probably needs the audio drivers for windows. These can be downloaded from the Apple website (Bootcamp Drivers) or by using the 'Bootcamp' utility on the Mac side.
you need to <br />
A) download a copy of linux (i always use ubuntu) <br />
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download<br /><br />
B) burn that copy of linux to a CD<br />
(to do this you need to go to your disk utility app and click burn image to disk and than select the iso you chose, using other software the option will be something like "create mountable disk" OR "burn bootable image")<br /><br />
C) boot to that cd--- to do this you put the cd in and reboot your mac while holding the 'C' key <br />
D) open the partition editor and create a partition on your hardrive the
size that you want linux to be (idealy replacing the main partition on
your computer not one of the smaller boot partition)<br /><br />*Optional- If you are planning on dual booting do not replace the main partition completely instead create a new linux partition from the main partition's free space additionally if you are dual booting and using Leopard or later you can
use the bootcamp app to create a partition than use the linux partition
editor to format the bootcamp partition to free space and than install
linux on it<br />
E) once you have the partition made simply follow the initial
instructions to install there will be an installer app that replaces
your now free partition with linux.<br />
<br />*if you chose to dual boot to access linux simply hold the 'Alt' key when booting up and than highlight the linux/windows HD<br />
The first part of the message is saying that you can't have a start up hard drive that is already partitioned. Did you try launching Boot Camp Assistant? If you look in your "Applications" folder and open the "Utilities" folder, it's there. I believe Boot Camp Assistant will create the partition you need.
you need to insert the leopard or snow leopard dvd into your macbook while you are bootcamp to win xp.
run the bootcamp and it will install the drivers for sound, nic, wifi etc.
also download the latest bootcamp drivers from apple.com
If You Have Problems Creating a PartitionIf you have problems creating a Windows partition, check the following:* The disk must be a single partition, formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). If the disk already has more than one partition, you must repartition it.* The disk must be an internal disk. You cannot use Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows on an external disk.* If a dialog appears saying "The disk cannot be partitioned because verification failed," try repairing the disk using Disk Utility and opening Boot Camp Assistant again. If that doesn't work, back up all the information on your computer, start up from your Mac OS X installation disc, and erase the disk using Disk Utility. Restore the information to your computer from the backup and try opening Boot Camp Assistant again.
You have probably formatted the hard drive when trying to install XP, XP is not compatible with Mac hardware. You will need to purchase a copy of the Mac OS or try and locate the restore disks that should have come with your computer.
Boot camp and/ or Parallels. You need software to create a virtual, bootable partition. The version of windows you install cannot be OEM, or a transferred license. I would recommend LINUX instead of windows XP. It's free and stable and like OS X, based on UNIX.