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    Might have accidentally wiped out OSX and can't recover
    I have a Mac mini that I just bought. I used Boot Camp to partition the drive 50/50. I then took the option to install windows 7 from the disk. On install I installed on the non-primary partition and it looks like it installed over OSX. It only boots in Windows and when I type OPT at startup the only partition there is the Windows partition. When in windows, in control panel, I see that there are 4 partitions. Two NTFS partitions, looks like windows and a recovery one. And two that is just shows as blank partitions that is doesn't recognize. I think those are the OSX partition and the OSX recovery partition.

    Since the Mac mini doesn't come with an OSX cd, how am I supposed to get OSX back? If i could just get it back to the way it was I would be happy. Can anyone help? I search all over and can't find out how to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fooch View Post
    Since the Mac mini doesn't come with an OSX cd, how am I supposed to get OSX back? If i could just get it back to the way it was I would be happy. Can anyone help? I search all over and can't find out how to do this.
    VERY easy answer. Go to your nearest local Apple Store and purchase a Snow Leopard (OS 10.6) install disk for $29 dollars (or order it from the Apple Online Store).

    Then reformat your hard drive, install OS 10.6, repartition as necessary, and install Windows 7.

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    You didn't accidentally install Windows 7 over OS X because Windows 7 will not install on a HFS formatted partition. It will only install on a NTFS partition. What you did was somehow remove or wipe the HFS partition by incorrect partitioning. And.. there is no such thing as a NTFS recovery partition for Windows 7 or a recovery partition for OS X.

    Like Nick said, you need to start over by first purchasing a copy of Snow Leopard. And before attempting to install Windows again, make sure you read through all the instructions first.

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