3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2011 8:49 AM by dwb
macdiscuss Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Hello,

I have Windows 7 on a Boot Camp partition on my MacBook Pro. However, I find that I don't need it anymore, as everything I use now is Mac compatible. My question is: When I remove the Windows partition and restore my hard drive to just OS X, is it a good idea to backup my Mac data and reformat/reinstall OS X as well?
Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
macdiscuss

iMac 24 inch 3.06 GHz iMac 17 inch 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro 2.53 GHz 8GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (271,040 points)
    Reformatting the drive won't help anything in your case. You should always have a backup of the files you'd mind losing.

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  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (11,045 points)
    macdiscuss wrote:
    Hello,

    I have Windows 7 on a Boot Camp partition on my MacBook Pro. However, I find that I don't need it anymore, as everything I use now is Mac compatible. My question is: When I remove the Windows partition and restore my hard drive to just OS X, is it a good idea to backup my Mac data and reformat/reinstall OS X as well?
    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    macdiscuss


    Use Boot Camp Assistant to remove Windows. It will not impact your OSx partition except to restore the hard drive to a single partition. But, it is always a good idea to backup your data whenever you do anything to a hard drive. Things unexpectedly happen and when they do you'll be glad you have a backup.
  • dwb Level 7 Level 7 (21,265 points)
    All you need to do is run the BootCamp Assistant again and select the remove Bootcamp option. The Windows partition will be removed and all the space will be given back to your Mac. I do recommend that you back up your Mac before doing this - although it is rare, removing a partition can cause problems.