01-06-2011, 08:12 PM #1
Might have accidentally wiped out OSX and can't recover
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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.
01-06-2011, 08:25 PM #2
Then reformat your hard drive, install OS 10.6, repartition as necessary, and install Windows 7.
01-06-2011, 09:28 PM #3
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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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