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[BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition

I blogged earlier today about trying out Apple Boot Camp. The installation succeeded and I have WindowsXP running in full speed.

However, when the Boot Camp partitioner wanted to start the Windows installation, the OSX kernel crashed (with the gray screen) and I had to reboot manually. I think that something went wrong there since the MacOSX partition was no longer usable. I had to completely erase it with Disk Utility from the installation DVD (repairing it wouldn't work) and am now reinstalling MacOSX.

I'll blog later about WindowsXP itself, but I just wanted to warn people already that they have to backup their Mac partition before trying Boot Camp out.

posted by Geert Bevin in Apple on Apr 5, 2006 6:39 PM : 19 comments [permalink]
 

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Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
That will teach you for soiling an Apple computer with Microsoft products!

Seriously, I've read other users have had the same problem. As for me, there is no way that I will be putting Windows on this computer.
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
thats a pretty harsh bootcamp, what did the drillinstructor say?
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
The funniest comment I've seen in response to people reporting problems with Boot Camp is this: your MacBook Pro committed suicide so as not to run Windows!
Well, that should teach you..
...never to ignore the BIG BIG warnings that pop up, when using beta software. You agreed to all the terms and apple stated, that there may be big damage and problems could arise - you took the risk and well, took the fall too.
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
Nomad, I never complained, I'm just warning people to not ignore the beta status and to backup their data.
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
It trashed my whole f'n Macbook Pro. Not even disk utility will fix it. It is completly hosed. And Apple isn't sympathetic even though they continue to run glowing articles about it on their home page. What BS!!!!!!!!! Apple is in danger of ailenating the hard core addicts. I am so pissed!
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
Loaded Boot camp and everything was going smoothly installing the Windows XP software. I reached the finish line where the computer prompted that it will boot up in Windows in 15 seconds. Remove any disc in the A drive. Well, I was unable to remove the Windows XP disc. The whoe process of copying windows started again.

Anyway, I have tried holding down the mouse at boot up and other tricks to get the disc out before the boot but no success. Anyway, the result of all this is that the OSX gets wiped out and I had to and erase and install.

Anyone have any clue what is happening here?
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
Had the same problem and suddenly one day my MacBook Pro won't boot or do anything. Cant erase the hard drive and can't reinstall the OSX software. Applw want me to pay 279 pounds for extended apple care phone support. Been a Mac user for 16 years and never had this kind of problem. Will have to take it for a warranty repair and see where that leads.

May try parallel next to see if it less hostile when things go wrong.

Any suggestions on wiping the hard disk as disk utility just bails half way through.


Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
Man... I just tried to load boot camp... and windows chose to reformat my entire hardrive andnow I've got no Mac and no Windows... just a bunch of metal shaped like a computer... the Mac instal disck won't load... windows won't load... I've got nothing... NOTHING!!!

Any suggestions? Please?

-Zak
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
"Loaded Boot camp and everything was going smoothly installing the Windows XP software. I reached the finish line where the computer prompted that it will boot up in Windows in 15 seconds. Remove any disc in the A drive. Well, I was unable to remove the Windows XP disc. The whoe process of copying windows started again.

Anyway, I have tried holding down the mouse at boot up and other tricks to get the disc out before the boot but no success. Anyway, the result of all this is that the OSX gets wiped out and I had to and erase and install."

The exact same thing happened to me last night. I'm reading all over the place that I need to erase the whole thing with the disc utility feature on the installation disc, which doesn't bother me because I backed everything up. But does anyone know a link with a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the disc utitility on the install disc? I've never done it before so I'm not sure how complicated or straight forward it'll be. . . Any pointers so I know what to do tonight when I try this would be appreciated.

Thanks
Beans
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
can anyone help? i installed bootcamp tried to install xp now all the installation does is go roound and roound with out booting windows and without the xp install disk i have a grey screen and blinking ? on icon
is my 24 " imac dead?
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
Wow, I'm not alone. Just happened to me last night (actually over the last 48 or so hours).

Had trouble loading Windows XP Professional, getting hung up at the Windows setup screen. Had to cycle through that process five times. Finally got Windows AND Office AND Firefox loaded; it was reading my Airport Express wireless network and everything. Then when I tried the Restart > Option key thing to get back to Tiger so I could go to sleep in celebration, turns out there WAS no Tiger!

Tried to reload Tiger from my install discs and wound up wiping out Windows, too! Now I've got nothing but a gray screen with a flashing folder with a ? in the middle of it.
grey screen with question mark
when i turn on my apple imac a grey screen pops up with a blue folder that has a question mark. i've tried starting it with the latest OS and i've also tried it with the latest firmware but this screen keeps coming up. what should i do?
No double icon when Option key is pressed during boot up
Loaded boot camp and Win Xp pro. I am unable to see the dual option during boot up when the Option key us pressed. The Option screen always only show the Mac OS icon. In order to enter Win, I had to go into Mac OS and boot camp to restart in Win.
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
And another one bites the dust.

isk utility is not able to format the diskinfo says the driev is read only.
I partitioned the harddsk and when installing windows assumed the mentioned cpartition was the windows one.
Its the Imac of my sister in law who after years of windows was lured by me into buying an new alu Imac . I'm dead meat..
What frustrates me is tthat I'm not able to format the disk
Anyone a suggestion on that
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
i'm stuck at the same issue, and the other problem my windows CD is inside the drive. How to remove it ? :(
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
I've had the same problems, to remove the windows disk hold the right mouse key and power down with the switch then restart the computer this will eject the WINDOWS disk then load the recovery disk and while holding the "C" to load from the optical drive and reinstall OS X. Then you go to Mac application folder then Utility folder then disk utility to change the partition for bootcamp back to Mac partition. I've tried 3 times to install Windows to a bootcamp partition each time has failed and wiped the OS X partition when loadiing Windows. Problem might be that Bootcamp doesn't ask where I want to load Windows.
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
I've tried to install XP twice onto a second partition and both times after the first reboot it left the entire hard drive as 'read only' so I couldn't boot into OS X, it just shows the flashing question mark folder. I was able to repartition the drive using GParted and then reinstall OS X but it's still a mystery to me how to get XP on the second partition. This is on an APMB995LLA.
Re: [BEWARE] Apple Boot Camp trashed my Mac partition
Did you use Boot Camp Assistant?

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