12 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2010 4:52 PM by R C-R
KBaldwin117 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
How do I remove a partition that I had put on my Hard Drive? I was using bootcamp, uninstalled windows, but cant get rid of the partition.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Deviros Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    You should use a utility such as DriveGenius to accomplish this task. The built in partitioner will re-initialize the media. (http://www.prosofteng.com/products/drive_genius.php)

    There are other tools out there - we've just always used DG - it's been pretty solid.

    Hope this helps.

    /A\V/
  • KJK555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)
    -From Disk utility Help-

    To partition a startup disk:

    If you’re partitioning an external disk, make sure it’s connected to your computer, and then go to step 6.

    If you’re partitioning the disk you used to start up your Mac, print this page so you can refer to it later. To print this page, choose Print from the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear).

    Insert the Mac OS X installation disc into your computer’s optical drive (or an optical drive connected to your computer), and then double-click the Install Mac OS X icon.

    NOTE:If you’re using another computer’s optical drive, make sure your computer is set up for remote installation, and then go to step 3. For more information about remote installation, see:

    Using Remote Install Mac OS X
    In the Installer, click Utilities, and then click Restart.

    When the Language Chooser appears, select your language, and then click the Continue button (looks like an arrow).

    In the Installer, choose Utilities > Disk Utility.

    Select the disk in the list that you want to partition, and click Partition.

    Choose the number of partitions from the Volume Scheme pop-up menu.

    Click each partition and type a name for it, choose a format, and type a size. You can also drag the divider between the partitions to change their sizes. If a partition’s name has an asterisk beside it, it’s shown larger than its actual size in order to display its name clearly.

    If you’ll be using a partition as a Mac OS X startup disk, click Options, and choose the appropriate partition scheme. To use a partition to start up an Intel-based Mac, choose the GUID partition scheme. To use a partition to start up a PowerPC-based Mac, choose the Apple partition scheme.

    Click Apply.
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  • KBaldwin117 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Im not partitioning a hard drive, I already did that, Im trying to remove it. How do I do that?
  • KBaldwin117 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    And I dont have the money to buy DriveGenius
  • Deviros Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    The only suggestion i have for you is to try using the free demo of DG or to try one of the BSD or *Nix based partitioners that support HFS+, such as GParted (http://gparted.sourceforge.net/).

    YMMV, and please, backup first.

    /A\V/
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)
    Start with http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3777 and http://manuals.info.apple.com/enUS/Boot_Camp_Install-Setup10.6.pdf. The latter has a section entitled: +*Removing Windows from Your Computer*+
  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (16,610 points)
    KBaldwin117 wrote:
    How do I remove a partition that I had put on my Hard Drive? I was using bootcamp, uninstalled windows, but cant get rid of the partition.


    1. The proper way to remove the Windows partition (& that OS along with it) after installing it with Boot Camp Assistant is simply to run Boot Camp Assistant again. The instructions for using Boot Camp explain this.

    2. As an alternative, you can use Disk Utility: in the Partitions tab, just select the Windows partition in the graphical display of the partitions & click the minus button below the display. You do not need to restart from the DVD to do this.

    You do not need to buy any third party utility to do this.
  • MDH33 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you, this worked fast and well for me. Why is there 3rd party software to do this when "the way in is the way out"? Hmph...
  • Bwashington23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    When you click the "minus", it will just remove the partitioned Windows and restore that, say, 100gb I dedicated to the partition back to my Mac OS side?
  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (16,610 points)
    No. Disk Utility will not automatically resize the remaining partition. However, you can easily use the resize tab at the lower right corner of that partition to do that, once the partition below it is removed.
  • Bwashington23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks! I ran Bootcamp, and it is super easy. I partitioned my HD when Bootcamp first became available like 2 years ago and it was such a process. It is so much easier now. I didn't delete my Windows partition yet, but I'm going to go the Bootcamp route. It simply says, "Click Restore to remove the Windows partition and restore the disk to a single-partition Mac OS X volume." This will move that 100gb back to my Mac OS side, right?
  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (16,610 points)
    This will move that 100gb back to my Mac OS side, right?


    Yes, as long as there no other partitions besides the Windows & one Mac OS partition on the drive, Boot Camp Assistant is the one-step, one-button way to go.