MacOS – Failed bootcamp partition, now can’t remove it

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Tried to set up Windows 10 on my Macbook Pro 15" (Mid 2014). Running El Capitan 10.11.3. Windows refused to install (GPT partition only problem?). I followed steps elsewhere to remove and reformat the partition to ExFAT then try and format again through the Windows installer, but this was unsuccessful.

I scrapped the idea and tried to go to Disk Utility to remove the partition. However, if I try to erase the 'Windows' partition (now called Bootcamp), it simply asks me to make another. I can't seem to merge it with the existing Macintosh HD partition?

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Now for the stupid, require telling off part: I didn't create a backup prior to this, and I think my recovery partition is ****ed.

Is my only solution to do the internet restore and start from scratch?

EDIT: To clarify, Disk Utility says the volume is functional and I can indeed store stuff there. I just don't want it! See: enter image description here

Best Answer

  • If you format the BOOTCAMP partition as MS-DOS (FAT), then you should be able to use the Boot Camp Assistant application to remove the partition. If this fails, then commands can be entered in a Terminal application window to remove the partition. I will not post these commands unless necessary.

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