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Hi,
I have recently tried to put Windows XP on my macbook using bootcamp and somehow it all went wrong and didn't install properly. To cut a long story short, I have ended up with three partitions.

1. Untitled volume with OSX 10.5 Leopard: 56. 47 Gb Capacity
38.62 GB Available
17.85 GB Used on disk Volume

2. Partially installed Windows on: 5 GB

3. The remainder is about 57 Gb of free space, which doesn't seem to show up anywhere!

I would like to get back all the space into a single drive and need to wipe the whole thing clean, not just the different volumes. I have the two install cds for OSX Tiger and the upgrade cd that has Leopard on.

Can anybody help please?

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You'll need to boot the machine with your Tiger install DVD. After it boots, go to Disk Utility, highlight the drive, (top entry) click on Partition. Remove the extra two partitions by selecting them one by one and press the - minus button.

After that's done, erase the entire hard drive, format it as HFS Extended Journaled, select the GUID partition scheme, and then proceed with installing Tiger. After Tiger is installed, you can use your Leopard upgrade DVD to bring it up to date.

Or if you wish, buy a copy of Snow Leopard and use it instead to do the erase and install.
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Ok I did that but when I tried to open disk utility, it just came up with a message box saying that disk utility had quit enexpectedly. there were three options, Igonre, Relaunch, Report. None of them did anything. Back to square 1.

Don't know what else to try.

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@ chas m
I live in NZ so it would be a lot more expensive here. I had thought about it though.

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I can run Disk Utility from the existing volume but have had no luck in restoring the entire HDD to a single volume. All I get is the option to partition the existing Untitled vol which has only 38 gb left on it. The free space one doesn't show anywhere, nor does the one with windows on. I just want to reinstall the OSX onto one single drive with no partitions .

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Hi,
that's what I have been trying to do. Can you help me step by step?

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Here is a screen grab (hopefully)

Nope didn't work!

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Hi chas m,
Thanks for getting back to me.

Unfortunately, I don't have an external drive. It is definitely the DVD that i booted from but it gives that notice I previously mentioned about Disk Utility quitting unexpectedly.

In Disk Utility in Applications (the one on the HDD) I can open fine and get the same as your screen shot. Should I try it from there, and will it effectively restore ALL the space on all the three volumes?

If all else fails, I will take the Macbook to a Mac tech here.

Cheers for all your help, and I'll let you know what happens.

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Ah, ok, I tried again with the install DVD and read the "Read me" help and somehow I managed to get into the Disk Utility on the DVD. What I did was let the DVD start installing and then found Utilities when it came to Select destination. At last I could then select the the option of restoring the HDD to factory settings! So far so good!
Will keep you posted.
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YES! Success! All back to normal now.

100 thank yous to you chas m

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remove the boot camp partition and all it's contents. Page 14 of the Boot Camp manual.
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@wolfpuppies3,
Would that mean that I'd never be able to use Bootcamp again? Anyway It's all fixed now so will not mess with it again until I understand more about the bootcamp partition.

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Hi,
Here is what I now have on my Macbook when I open BootCamp Assistant. How do I restore the 5 GBs that Windows seems to have taken, to my HDD?
I can't seem to find anyway of doing it and wondered if anyone has any clues please? Hope this screen grab works.

bc capture

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Oops, not having any luck with Grab, I have done it some years ago but have forgotten how.

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Hi, thanks chas_m, when I work out how to post a screen grab I will show you what I mean by the 5GB that Windows has taken. Also, when I open the the Start up Disk I see a network drive there as well, with a ? on it.
I wonder what that is about?

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