Boot Camp installation on alu MacBook gone terribly wrong...

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in macOS edited January 2014
Okay so this is what happened:



I start by freeing 20GB for Windows XP, then rebooted with the windows disc inserted as recommended. Then the blue Windows installer started, but when it got to the partition selection tool, it only showed one partition, the Mac partition (at least that's what I think it as, it was 131000MB in size) and there was no unformatted space or anything to select. I found this a bit weird so I just backed out of the installation, then upon reboot, all I got was a Windows blinking cursor... I rebooted holding alt, and it only showed a Windows partition as being bootable, and that was the one that gave me nothing but the blinking cursor...



I never formatted anything so all the data must still be there somewhere, but what exactly went wrong and how can I fix it/ recover what's there to recover?



Thanks in advance

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 18
    bbwibbwi Posts: 812member
    You should have used Bootcamp Assistant
  • Reply 2 of 18
    lorrelorre Posts: 396member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bbwi View Post


    You should have used Bootcamp Assistant



    I did, I had Boot Camp Assistant free up 25gigs for XP, then it said insert windows XP disc and reboot, which I did, then the Windows installation process started, at the "select where to install" screen, all that appeared was a 131000MB chunck, which I supposed was the OSX installation. It didn't show any free space available or nothing.
  • Reply 3 of 18
    If boot camp or Windows installer has only changed the partition map and kept the original partitions intact, Linux should be able to read the partitions.



    Try booting from a Linux LiveCD and if the partitions are visible, right click and mount them. This should at least help you recover your data.
  • Reply 4 of 18
    Ouch, man. If you still have a Leopard install disk you might be able to boot up from that and run disc utility. I had a similar, but not quite as dire problem where Boot Camp crashed while partitioning, causing me to lose access to 25 gigs of disk space, which booting from disc fixed.



    I'm not sure why you got the result that you did, but you might want to triple check that all your system software and firmware updates are current before you attempt again.
  • Reply 5 of 18
    pbpb Posts: 4,234member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Leppo View Post


    Ouch, man. If you still have a Leopard install disk you might be able to boot up from that and run disc utility.



    I agree, the installation disk should be the tool to sort this out. I have never used Boot Camp, only virtualization solutions, so I cannot recommend anything else than trying to solve the problem using Disk Utility from the installation disk. But please, come back to post and let us know.
  • Reply 6 of 18
    lorrelorre Posts: 396member
    I tried a Linux Live CD, it didn't see the drive...



    I tried Disk Utility, it said the hard drive was 149 GB of unpartitioned goodness...



    Somewhere the Boot Camp assistant really messed up I think... the only slightly suspicious thing we might've done is putting the MacBook to sleep once the Assistant had finished partitioning and prompted for the Windows Install CD, but still...



    I went to a Mac retailer with the laptop, told them to recover whatever data they could. If people can recover data from drives that have been erased and reformatted, recovering data from this drive shouldn't be impossible.
  • Reply 7 of 18
    backtomacbacktomac Posts: 4,579member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lorre View Post


    I tried a Linux Live CD, it didn't see the drive...



    I tried Disk Utility, it said the hard drive was 149 GB of unpartitioned goodness...



    Somewhere the Boot Camp assistant really messed up I think... the only slightly suspicious thing we might've done is putting the MacBook to sleep once the Assistant had finished partitioning and prompted for the Windows Install CD, but still...



    I went to a Mac retailer with the laptop, told them to recover whatever data they could. If people can recover data from drives that have been erased and reformatted, recovering data from this drive shouldn't be impossible.



    Did you have a time machine backup?



    Why not reinstall Leopard and just let time machine restore you HDD?



    I use superduper but TM will do this won't it?
  • Reply 8 of 18
    pbpb Posts: 4,234member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lorre View Post


    I tried Disk Utility, it said the hard drive was 149 GB of unpartitioned goodness...



    Did you have the option to archive and install again the system?
  • Reply 9 of 18
    lennylenny Posts: 85member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PB View Post


    Did you have the option to archive and install again the system?



    If the Disk utility detected only unpartioned space, the option "archive and install" probably wouldn't be available...
  • Reply 10 of 18
    pbpb Posts: 4,234member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lenny View Post


    If the Disk utility detected only unpartioned space, the option "archive and install" probably wouldn't be available...



    With the mess Boot Camp created, you can never know what is right and what is wrong.
  • Reply 11 of 18
    lorrelorre Posts: 396member
    Well, I'll let the tech people figure out... this wasn't even my own laptop! Damn I felt bad... I've installed Windows for 3 other people before this and never had any issues. I did find out the Windows XP install disk I tried to use is weird. I popped it in my iMac and there too it said 131000MB unpartitioned space (it has a 320GB HD of which 32GB was FAT formatted for Windows), I was scared I was messing up my iMac too and quickly backed out of the installation, however, on my iMac all was still fine, even though I backed out at the exact same point.



    Luckily there's not a lot of crucial info on the laptop. It does ecourage me to buy an external hard drive and do some backing up.
  • Reply 12 of 18
    i've had a similar issue with bootcamp before. and of course, i use timemachine and tell it not to backup my music (which took a lot of space). and i found that my burned copy of windows was the problem. got a working one and working well with bootcamp.
  • Reply 13 of 18
    I have had this exact problem word for word, with my 15" MBP unibody, 320GB.



    - Followed the Boot Camp prompts - I (created a 32GB partition for Windows)

    - When asked to put in my windows CD, I inserted an XP CD from work.

    - Reboots my computer then Windows setup initializes

    - The partition I created did not appear, but instead the only available is a 131,000 MB partition (or thereabouts)

    - I abort the setup, and when holding Option key, only a Windows partition is available (the one which Boot Camp created I presume) and a second Windows one from the CD that is still in the drive. NO Mac OSX option!!



    I have no idea what to do as I'm new to the Apple team. I will not give up hope in retrieving my data. There has to be some way of getting it back..



    Can anyone help me with this issue further?



    I'm about to try using the MAC OSX cd that came with my MBP...
  • Reply 14 of 18
    I left my computer with a certified Apple Repair Centre and upon using their own diagnostic software they determined that somehow my Mac partition had been overwritten. I'm still unclear as to how this happened if anyone can explain this to me??



    I wanted a second opinion, so I took my drive to a data recovery specialist and they too concluded that the partition is not there and had been overwritten somehow. They said that data could likely be recovered but it would cost around AU$300-400. I'm reluctant to do this as I managed to recover a lot of the photos I had lost and i'm lucky to have backed up most of my things 6 weeks or so ago (I wonder what else I may have lost!)



    Not happy...
  • Reply 15 of 18
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by madkeen View Post


    I left my computer with a certified Apple Repair Centre and upon using their own diagnostic software they determined that somehow my Mac partition had been overwritten. I'm still unclear as to how this happened if anyone can explain this to me??



    I wanted a second opinion, so I took my drive to a data recovery specialist and they too concluded that the partition is not there and had been overwritten somehow. They said that data could likely be recovered but it would cost around AU$300-400. I'm reluctant to do this as I managed to recover a lot of the photos I had lost and i'm lucky to have backed up most of my things 6 weeks or so ago (I wonder what else I may have lost!)



    Not happy...



    You could connect that wonky Mac with a Firewire cable to a working one, then start up the wonky one holding T on the keyboard. It will then show up on the working Mac's desktop as an external disk. And consequently you can run recovery software and disk utilities on it.
  • Reply 16 of 18
    I've been having issues with Boot Camp myself, and hit this situation previously. It seems 'something' is screwing with the partition table. My solution was to boot an Ubuntu live-cd I had lying around, open the partition editor (gparted), and make a single change. I chose to simply delete the Windows partition. When gparted wrote the partition table again, everything worked again.
  • Reply 17 of 18
    I had the same exact problem, and here's what worked for me... I booted using Ubuntu, opened Applications>Administrator>GParted. It showed a list of partitions, so I found the one that was for my files, matching the space used and space free. Click Partition>ManageFlags; mark this one as "boot". Then open ManageFlags for the one that's already flagged "boot" and uncheck it, which will change it to a different type.

    I turned off the MacBook after this, and it gave me a strange screen... So I held the power button, restarted it, and viola, the login screen comes up. Once logged in, there are two extra drives shown on the desktop... "BOOTCAMP" and "EFI"... not sure what deleting them will do; guess you're on your own from here.
  • Reply 18 of 18
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
    You should not be attempting Boot Camp on anything besides a fresh install of OSX. You also shouldn't be attempting Boot Camp unless you have a Time Machine backup of your current computer for recovery purposes.



    That said, a friends computer who has never reformatted in 1 - 2 years of ownership is NOT a good candidate for Boot Camp Assistant's partitioning skills.



    Rule of Boot Camp: If a small chance of corruption, then a large chance of failure.
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