had a partitioned mac with xp on the other.

Apple Imac all-in-one desktop
April 8, 2010 at 18:29:16
Specs: Macintosh
Hello. I originally had my iMac partitioned with xp on the other half. I was trying to erase some free space on my mac and for some reason(sure it was user error!), I now have 2 partitioned hard drives that are mac formatted and I can't delete the one that was originally xp. This is keeping me from re-using boot camp to re-install xp. Help!

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#1
April 8, 2010 at 22:04:18
Can't you just use boot camp to reinstall XP to the partition which has now become mac formatted. It should give you the option to reformat that partition without trying to delete it from within Leopard.

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#2
April 9, 2010 at 06:38:39
No. When I try to do that, this is what it tells me,"The startup disk must be formatted as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume or already partitioned by Boot Camp Assistant for installing Windows." So until I can format the Mac drive to one drive, I'm screwed. Can't even re-install the software because that one dummy volume still exists.

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#3
April 9, 2010 at 09:39:09
"The startup disk must be formatted as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume or already partitioned by Boot Camp Assistant for installing Windows."
Is that what it tells you when you boot to the boot camp CD ?

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#4
April 9, 2010 at 09:53:16
Boot camp cd? Please explain. I am running leopard 10.5.4
and boot camp is already installed. So when I get that
message, I'm just bringing it up from utilities. Is there a better
way of doing it with the start up disc?

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#5
April 9, 2010 at 19:23:41
I installed XP on someone's MAC a few months ago, but I don't use a MAC myself-I can't remember now if there was a separate disc-but I guess not. There may be a way to do a startup repair(like with Vista) using the Leopard disk. What if you booted to the XP then let that disc reformat the partition which has now become mac formatted as ntfs ?

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