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


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.