5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 23, 2013 7:45 AM by mende1
Abhijeet_Chib Level 1 (0 points)

Hello, everyone !!


I decided to install windows 7 on my Macbook (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB, 1067 MHz DDR3 OSX 10.8.4). I allocated 122 GB for windows and i ran bootcamp and everything was going alright. All of a sudden everything froze, nothing happened for  about an hour, i knew if i powered it off things would get messy, but then i had to do it. When it booted again, no windows partition was created, understandably so. When i checked the free space on my Mac HDD, i found out that the 122 GB i had allocated for my windows was not freed, it just occupied as used space my Mac HDD. I tried everything in disk utility, but then in that there is just one Mac Partition with 250 GB, there is no windows partition to delete. The space that i had allocated for windows has not been freed and i do not have anything to erase in the disk utility. How do i free the 122 GB, i have attached screen shots. Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 7.22.01 PM.pngScreen Shot 2013-07-23 at 7.22.53 PM.pngScreen Shot 2013-07-23 at 7.23.30 PM.png


Available space should be around 145 GB but then the space i had allocated for the windows partition is lost. How do i recover it? I dont have any backups hence formatting it will be exceedingly painful. Any troubleshooting advices will be appreciated. Cheer !!

MacBook, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • mende1 Level 10 (92,231 points)

    Welcome to Apple Support Communities


    First, start the MacBook holding Command and R keys to start into OS X Recovery, and open Disk Utility.


    Then, choose the second "Macintosh HD" option you see in the sidebar and verify the disk. If it's damaged, repair the drive. Finally, restart and see if the hard drive is OK

  • Abhijeet_Chib Level 1 (0 points)

    Alright, i will give it a shot.

    Cheers !

  • Abhijeet_Chib Level 1 (0 points)

    Alright here is the deal, i tried what you advised me to.


    When i chose the second "Macintosh HD" option in the sidebar, the verify disk or repair disk options we not highlighted. I could not click on them. I have attached a snapshot of this. Also i went back to the first "Macintosh HD and verified it and repaired it as well, nothing happened, still the space is not free. Please take a look at the screenshots.

  • Abhijeet_Chib Level 1 (0 points)


  • mende1 Level 10 (92,231 points)

    Make a backup of your drive with Time Machine > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427


    Then, hold Command, Option (Alt) and R keys while your Mac is starting, and open Disk Utility again. Choose the first "Macintosh HD" option in the sidebar, go to Partition bar and, when you see "Current", press "1 partition". Finally, apply the changes.


    After that, close Disk Utility, select the option to restore a Time Machine backup and follow its steps.


    Something is damaged in your drive and has to be repaired erasing the drive