I am on a mid-2012 MacBook Pro 13 that received a few days ago so first ever post on a Mac forum - hope it's as friendly and useful as the one over at Lenovo.
Just came back to Mac. Long story, boring details, but in addressing an 18-month old tantrum and in a Homer moment I was being inattentive and converted my HD to dynamic under Windows 7 while trying to convert a partition to exFAT for sharing files.
Like some noob fool I did not make recovery disks at the get go and the fact that there were no disks shipped with the machine didn't register as it should have (my only complaint regarding the product - the rest is ALL my bad). And no, also like some noob fool I did not, having seen it for the first time, tuck anything into Time Machine either. So it's the short and curlies for me...ah yes, and under Internet Recovery when I tried to access the installation and recovery option in Safari, it told me there is no machine registered under my name, something I thought was addressed when I first accessed updates and etc. from the AppStore.
To get on with it, I can't boot into OSX and I can't erase the HD uneder OSX Disk Utility either - I am in Viet Nam and internet is slow so everytime I resort to CMD R to get Internet Recovery it takes hours to load. Verify says the OSX Base Operating System is ok. Error messages I get:
"Couldn't modify partition map" when trying to erase the OSX partition for a reinstall of ML;
"Couldn't write installion information to disk" when trying to reinstall ML and no disk visible to select
From years dealing with Windoze I know that there's only a clean wipe and reinstall to go back to NTFS from dynamic, so I suspect I will have to completely wipe and reformat the HD. I already tried wiping the original partition under W7 but still can't get Disk Utility to do anything with it. So my question (assuming a fool is correct) is this:
What is the best tool to wipe and reformat the HD to something my MBP will then recognize and I can (go through the days it will likely take to download and) reinstall ML?
Or is there an easier, softer way? My Spidey Sense says no...