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I have a four year old 15' Macbook Pro 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo, 2 GB ram, 100 GB hard drive running OS X 10.6.4. I have the hard drive partitioned into two partitions, one is running bootcamp/windows XP. I no longer need that partition and want to erase and rebuild the hard drive to all OS X. My thinking is by rebuilding the HD completely, I will clean things up, improve performance, and breath new life in my old MBP. I have searched here but can't seem to find info on rebuilding hard drives. Can someone please direct me to a post that covers this subject or I know that Adam has covered the rebuild steps in past Maccasts; could someone direct me to a Maccast where this subject is covered. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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If you just want to remove your Boot Camp partition, you can use Boot Camp Assistant to do that.

 

If you really want to remove BOTH partitions:

 

1. Back up EVERYTHING

2. Make sure everything is backed up

3. Boot to your 10.6 installation DVD

4. Open Disk Utility from the Utilities menu

5. On the Partition tab, set the Volume Scheme to 1 Partiton

6. On the Erase tab, re-format the volume as Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

7. Quit Disk Utility and proceed with the OS installation.

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1) get a 750G hard drive.

2) install it yourself or get somebody to do it for you.

3) put the old drive in a Firewire/USB case or dock.

4) plug the external drive into the Mac and boot.

5) use CCC to copy over everything from the external to the internal.

6) shut down. pull the external. power on.

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But, John if he wants a truly "fresh" system, wouldn't the OP be better off to format and re-install from scratch ? Copying from the old HD would also copy over any "garbage files" would it not ?

 

 

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