Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2012 5:19 PM (in response to Mr_Pie_Guy1234)
No, that isn't normal. Normal would be this:
#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *500.1 GB disk0 1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 499.2 GB disk0s2 3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3
The Linux installer wrecked your partition table, as usual. You have to repartition the drive and restore from backups.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2012 6:57 PM (in response to Mr_Pie_Guy1234)
rEFIt hasn't been updated in like forever and it worked for 10.6, but not updated for 10.7, not sure if it even works anymore.
You can't use a Linux installer for Windows or generic PC's on a Mac, it confuses the MBR portion of your GUID as a real MBR and then goes about installing stuff into EFI thinking it's a Linux swap partition.
rEFIt has to be installed first, reboot twice, then partitions created on the drive from a external boot source, two for Linux (one swap), one for OS X 10.6 which later gets updated to 10.7
Your going to have to get all data off the machine, and erase the entire drive and install 10.6, then upgrade to 10.7 again to rebuild your partition maps and that will place EFI in the proper location.
Good thing, you can Carbon Copy Cloner your
Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 129.2 GB disk0s1
to a blank external drive first and later option key boot off it to reverse clone onto the internal Macintosh HD when Lion get reinstalled anew from AppStore, so that saves your rebuilding Lion partition again with all your programs, files, tweaks etc.
Also you perhaps should use a virtual machine for Linux if your not seasoned enough with it yet.
Installing Linux on a Lion Mac is a pain, much harder than a 10.6 box. Quite a challenge, use on a spare machine until you get the hang of it.
I had 10.7, 10.6, Linux and Windows Vista all running on the same Mac once, and hopefully will once again once I fix the hardware issues on my spare box.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2012 6:54 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
I guess I should add that you don't necessarily need to reinstall 10.6 in order to reinstall 10.7. If you have a Time Machine backup on a local drive that was started before you destroyed the partition table, you can boot from it into Recovery by holding down the option key at the startup chime.
If you don't have such a backup, your best option is to get a friend with a Mac running Lion to run Recovery Disk Assistant and make a bootable USB device. Boot from that and do the repartioning/reinstallation/restoration.
Caution: All data on the USB device will be erased.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 30, 2012 7:06 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Wonder how CCC would clone the EFI, Recovery HD and Macintosh HD partitions when they are out of alignment?
Would be interesting to see what happens, if it places then back into the correct sequence or not.
That's a thought, CCC the whole shebang to a external drive, option boot, erase the target completely in Disk Utiilty from the clone and reverse clone.
CCC might fix it all without having to use Recovery HD or 10.6.
If the Linux installer placed a swap folder in EFI, then that will have to be remedied or the last EFI folder deleted and twice reboot.
fun fun fun.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 31, 2012 4:52 PM (in response to Mr_Pie_Guy1234)
Before I even installed Linux, I went to Disk Utility and made a swap and linux partition, so I don't think swap was put inside the efi. I also made sure that I put grub inside the linux partition, so when I booted linux through rEFIt, it would take me to grub.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 31, 2012 5:30 PM (in response to Mr_Pie_Guy1234)
You're replying to yourself, but I assume this was addressed to me. I don't know whether you can make a recovery device now, but it doesn't hurt to try. If it works, then the answer to the rest of the question is yes.
It would be a good idea to have at least two independent backups before you partition the drive. Restoring to an empty drive is not a good time to find out that your only backup is corrupt.