1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 20, 2008 10:57 AM by nerowolfe
BenOman Level 1 (0 points)
So, it has been a long night...

I am hoping to dual boot Mac and Linux and so I used Disk Utility to partition a nice 40 gigs of free space for linux (Ubuntu), then I booted from the linux CD, created the Linux partition and installed it. Well, that didn't work because the mac bootloader didn't recognize the installation and it wouldn't boot into linux. (My cd also began to hang on boot up for some reason after this occured, so I couldn't get back that way either). I found out to use Boot Camp and of course that won't work because it requires there to be one Mac (journaled) partition, not a linux swap and such along with it.

So I open disk utility and try to erase the Linux and linux swap partitions and it just would hang. I made it through most of the movie Dodgeball waiting for it to do something but it just says "preparing to remove volume" and has a status bar as if it's doing something but it doesn't.

So, I booted up on a windows disk and deleted the linux partitions and even created a windows partion and when I boot into Mac it still shows both linux partitions and does the exact same things.

Are there any suggestions on how I can delete these 2 partitions listed in Disk Utility that may or may not exist?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • nerowolfe Level 6 (13,065 points)
    Welcome to the Apple boards:
    I assume that you have a backup of your HD or you would not be doing these things, any of which could hose your entire drive.
    I suggest using the backup to restore your HD to its original state - first reformat/partition the internal HD and then use your backup, (clone or TM) to restore it and start over again.
    If you search this forum you will find that many have successfully installed Linux on a Mac as a dualboot system
    I suggest using rEFIt as the boot manager.
    If you use Linux to create a separate swap file rather than a swap folder inside the actual Linux filesystem, or if you choose to install Linus using separate partitions for / user etc., then the Leopard DU will no doubt be confused and this is probably your problem.