1 Reply Latest reply: May 2, 2012 8:14 AM by The hatter
batch22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi all, here's the series of events leading to the problem of me losing access to my Windows 7:


- Used BootCamp to Install Windows 7 on my WINDOWSHD

- Successfully installed and could boot into by pressing Option when the Mac starts up

- Used Windows for a few weeks with no problems


The event..


- Decided to create a file transfer partition using DiskUtility

- Created a 25gb partition in FAT on my MACOSHD and it appeared to work fine

- Loaded some files I needed to transfer from Mac to Windows into the new Transfrer partition

- Restarted machine, held down Option to get into BootCamp and now the WINDOWSHD is missing

- Removed the Transfer partition thinking that was the culprit but didn't make any difference


Strange thing is that the WINDOWSHD still appears in Disk Utility. When I go to INFO it is labelled as Bootable "No"


It seems that it has forgotten that it should be part of the BootCamp arrangement.


Does anyone know how I can fix this?


Thanks in advance.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,565 points)

    If you have a Mac Pro then you can and should have Windows on its own hard drive and remove everything else when you installed.


    To share files, yes, to FAT but I prefer NtFS and then buy and use Paragon for OS X to write; and MacDrive to write to HFS from Windows.


    Adding partitions does not work if it is the same drive as OS X though. Not without planning ahead and creating partitions before installing anything.