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Deleting Bootcamp partition and reclaiming that space

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Krissypaps Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 30, 2012 6:08 PM

I originally had Snow Leopard and a Bootcamp partition running XP on my internal hard drive.  When Lion came out, I decided to install it on a new partition rather than installing it over Snow Leopard.  So I used the dynamic partitioning process while in Snow Leopard to create a 3rd partition and installed Lion on the new partition.   Now I can't book into XP.  My understanding is that a Bootcamp partition will only work if there is only 1 other partition on the hard drive.  So now I'd like to delete the Bootcamp partition. 


I used Lion almost exclusively.  If I go into Bootcamp Assistant while in Lion and delete the Bootcamp partition, will that space on my hard drive automatically be reformatted and will my Lion partition get that space?  If not, what happens to that space on my hard drive?


Thanks in advance for any help with this.



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  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,375 points)

    If you use Boot Camp to remove the partition your Mac hard drive will return to 1 partition, same size as it was before you partitioned it for Windows.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,375 points)

    How many partitions do you have

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)

    Those are not supported and assume you realized when you did so.


    Clone what you need and want to save.


    Some people installed Lion on an external drive: clone SL and apply Lion install/update, then cloned Lion back to where SL was. Lion Recovery will always be on the external drive, not the internal. Which helps maintain and keep XP and Vista and your setup as it was.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,375 points)

    Backup whatever you need to keep, erase and return the drive to standard then reinstall and restore your backup.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)

    BCA is designed to work at removing the Windows partition.


    You need Lion 10.7.1 or later as there were problems with 10.7.0.


    Adding add'l partitions is always a risk.


    Use Lion Recovery Mode and Disk Utility (Dev or Debug menu enabled to show hidden partitons) to check the health and structure.


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