Partition trouble

By Deathstar17 ยท 7 replies
Jun 6, 2010
  1. So, I have a Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard and Windows 7 and I've got some partition problems. The problems stemmed from when I went to install Ubuntu. My macbook, like so many others, has a defective superdrive that works about 3% of the time. I got like halfway through the installation and then it failed. So now I am left with a 15 GB partition that I made for Ubuntu (it is unformatted), a swap partition (unformatted), and another small partition (unformatted) that I do not know the reason for its existence. I guess that the partitions could be ExFS4 and that's why they aren't showing up, but I don't know.
    Point of the story: How can I "delete" these partitions so I can merge them together and try the installation again. I've tried Paragon HD Pro, EASEUS something or another, and OSX Disk Utility.

  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Have you tried going to a Macintosh support site where they know a lot about that particular model?
    I don't see how you can repair that one when it requires a software install, and your drive for installing doesn't work, so that replacement would be the order of the day, in my book.
  3. Deathstar17

    Deathstar17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Well my computer being a mac doesn't have much to do with the situation other than it allows me to use a mac only program to solve the problem if necessary.
    And there are other ways of installing, primarily USB, so I will worry about getting the superdrive fixed later.
  4. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    Try Gparted.
  5. Deathstar17

    Deathstar17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    I figured I might have to go down that road...
  6. Deathstar17

    Deathstar17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    So I've tried booting into Ubuntu and GParted via a USB drive using Unetbootin, but to no avail. I am using refit and I have my drive formatted correctly, is there anything I can do?
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    the swap part. is never formatted, so ignore it
    the others can be formated EXT2

    once formatted, you should be able to install Ubuntu
    put the root into the largest part.
    /home (for the users) in the next larges and /tmp &/or /var anywhere else.
  8. Deathstar17

    Deathstar17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Well I wound up installing Ubuntu using free space from the Windows partition (it was really my only option), and then Windows being the worthless and poorly designed operation system that it is wouldn't boot afterwards. So I backed up my Windows data and used gparted to reformat the windows partition (and I also reformatted the 16 gb partition from the from failed ubuntu install).
    But now I have even more problems than before.
    1) I can't reinstall windows because it my drive is GPT.
    2) Disk utility won't do anything with the 16gb empty partition because when I try to merge it with another partition it says the it doesn't exist.
    3) I have been using rEFIt, but after I installed ubuntu, I had to choose the Windows side and the GNU GRUB boot loader would pop up and let me boot into Ubuntu. And the GRUB loader also would fail when I tried to boot into OSX from it.

    So now that I've royally effed over my computer, what should I do?
    Eventually, I think I'll need to do a clean install of the ENTIRE thing, but for now I'm just using OSX and VMware Fusion to run XP when I need it.
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