Bootcamp Partition Lost Repairing Mac Partitions - comment page 1

Today I changed my Macbook partition sizes and Windows Bootcamp would not show in the Boot menu. Here are the steps I used to fix it. I got these from an Apple forum post. The 45 page long Apple forum … Continue reading

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  1. Hi,

    Thank you very much because it was helpful to me!
    I was afraid I had to reinstall Windows and all the games.

  2. Thank you so much, you all awesome!!!!!!!.

  3. It works like a charm, now how could we create a script to include all those command above and run it as one click, because I need to fix the MBR using that command line to more than 20 Mac?

    Any help really appreciated.

    • I’m not too good with Mac scripting, and you really do need to make sure you’re doing it right because a mistake is expensive. Manually is the way forward YS.

  4. This worked like a charm. I thought I need to repartition and reinstall Windows. This did the trick. Thank you.

  5. Wow thx! It was very helpful to me. Every time I update or reinstall os x, the bootcamp issue was alway followed. So I always reinstalled bootcamp again and again…
    anyway, thx so much.

  6. Thank you, your direction was perfect
    the problem was a result of creating new partition to use for data. Now i can reboot windows but can not see the new partition in (my computer) nor in the windows disk management, which still shows one MAC partition and one bootcamp partition. Can you help?
    Kind regards.

  7. It won’t boot with Parallels Desktop and Boot Camp partition is not found in System Pref>StartUp Disk.

  8. Thank you very much! You just saved my life. Although, Boot Camp Assistant not showing remove Windows option. Do you have any idea?.

  9. Boss!

    Thank you a LOT! It did work! Somehow the option to choose the damn Windows has vanished from boot selection. I’ve done exactly what you said and MBR was recovered. After I rebooted mac into windows there were a few BSODs with very important values of Stack Pointer and other Pentium Processor Registers :) and after few extra hiccups it was able to boot. So I guess something bad in windows gut has happened. Again, thank you

  10. Excellent, great, good for me, Windows back to work again. Thanks a lot.

  11. This is awesome :)
    Thanks for putting it together so readably.
    I want take note of 3 things though that some new readers may encounter:

    1) When I type the “o ” command as you describe above, the displayed MBR is *not* the same as in the preliminary Step 3. Mine only shows 2 things instead of 4 or 5, but your fix still worked fine for me.
    BUT, if like me, your MBR shows only two things, this will be a great time to close the Terminal, backup you WHOLE hard drive with Apple’s Time Machine utility or by using the first link I have at the of this post. Only continue with the restore *after* performing a full backup.

    2) After fixing you MBR, remember this an unofficial unsupported hack-like-thing, so be careful when making any other changes to your partitions *including* using Apple’s own Disk Utility app or the Boot Camp Assistant app. They WILL brake your bootcamp again.
    Ask me how I know: I just did it. And I had fixing my bootcamp, again. (I may post more details on this after I do some more testing.)

    3) SUPER IMPORTANT: If you Mac is or was encrypted, **BACK IT UP NOW**. If something bad happens, you WILL loose EVERYTHING, no joke. And when every you mess with the Master Boot Record (or the equivalent in you OS), bad things can happen very easily.
    Ask me how I know… Two weeks ago I did something really dumb, and my Windows (8.1) destroyed/annihilated the Master Boot Record. And because my hard drive was encrypted, I lost *all* of the data on my computer. To make matters worse, my backup was about 6 months old…

    So, word to the wise, back up your computer now.
    And if your hard drive is encrypted, I would recommend being VERY careful about any changes you make to MBR or the partitions.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    But what if the worst does happen?

    Well, if it does, the following links *may* save ‘some’ of your data.
    Each of the above options took my computer somewhere between 20-40 hours to complete, and I have a Solid State internal drive, so BE PATIENT.

    If you are using the dd command from link 1, you can check the progress by pressing either control+t or command+t while still in the Terminal.

    Also both of the programs in the above links will need an external hard drive of AT LEAST the same size as your internal disk, but preferably bigger. For example, my internal HD was ~500 GB, so we bought a 1.0 TB disk (USB3 for $80) to perform this backup.

    Before you spend $80 though, just be aware that most likely you will recover hundreds-of-gigabytes of junk (i.E. Damaged files) and only a handful of *usable* data. So don’t have you hopes up very high.

    If all else fails, below is one more link. Theoretically, the program on this link can do awesome things, but it looked pretty advanced, so I didn’t try it. I’m attaching it here just in case you want to use it. But try the other options first before this one, and make sure you read the documentation page “TestDisk Step by Step” before attempting to make your own repairs with it. Like I said it looked a little advanced for me so I didn’t try it (yet) ;).


    • I don’t know why but the links I posted got screwed up. Most of them still work, but here’s the one that doesn’t:

      Link 1 from my previous post
      And here it one more time as plain text:

      Vlad :).

      • It still doesn’t work…
        Ok just copy and pate the link and manually change all of the capital letters to lowercase.
        For some reason it keeps capitalizing parts of my hyperlinks.
        Oh well,

      • Copy and Google search that text link to view the dd article Vlad is covering here. It’s the auto comment system auto capitalising everything after a period that stops links working normally. Thanks Vlad! And yes, 100% backup everything, then test your backup to be sure, before changing anything in MBR.

        • Oh great idea! I just tried that googleing trick and it worked great :)

          PS. I just found out about a really serious issue that could happen when you’re using your 3rd partition along with Bootcamp, and I was hoping you could a warning about it to your main post so that other users won’t try to do what I just did.

          If anyone wants to follow the instructions below, make sure you backup your whole computer before trying any of this. You’ve been warned….
          _ _ _ _ _ _ _

          What happened:
          Ummm… I guess the best way to put it is: I desynchronized my 3rd partition’s file system. In other words, when Windows looks at it, it actually sees different data than what Mac sees. :/

          Yes, it’s like having two different partitions writing to the same space in memory… aka a really bad situation.

          How it happened:
          I was using Windows in Bootcamp, and I needed to go back to my Mac. So I put Windows into hibernate, turned on my Mac, and put 30+ megabytes of stuff onto my 3rd partition (formatted as FAT by the way). Now after having those files there, I shutdown Mac and woke Windows from hibernate. But when I tried to access the third partition, none of the new files were there.

          I tried several different ways of finding the files: refreshing the folder, and command lining through a MinGW Unix terminal (using the ls -a command). None of them worked, and Windows still didn’t see the files.

          So affectively I created a fork in the file system. Great (extreme sarcasm)

          How I fixed it:
          I tried two way:

          Simple fix: I shutdown Windows completely, and when it turned on some of the missing files were there. But some were corrupted.

          Knowing that corrupted files are generally a bad sign, I didn’t want to risk damaging any of my computer’s other partitions. So I used a stronger fix.

          The thorough fix: Went back to Mac OSX, saved the files from the 3rd part ion to my desktop, then opened Disk Utility and did the following:

          1) Clicked on my third partition >> clicked Erase >>Erase…

          2) Clicked the third partition again >> Erase >> choose the “Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) as the new format >> Erase…

          Having done the above now allows me to use the “Erase Free Space…” option. Doing this will ensure that nothing is left over from the Windows file system.

          3) Clicked the 3rd partition again >> Erase Free Space…

          In option 3, I used the lowest setting when erase the free space. You shouldn’t need anything more secure than that.

          4) Repeat step 2, but now use your preferred file system (I personally use MS-DOS FAT, but it’s up to you).

          5) Doing this through fix broke your Bootcamp again, so repeat the same procedures as detailed in the Nerdr’s original article (i.E. This whole webpage LOL).

          Good luck with fixing you systems folks.

          Final Recommendations:
          Do NOT use hibernate if you have Windows in Bootcamp, or if you have to, try not to make any changes to any files, but this is almost impossible to avoid since OSX does a lot of disk read/write operations in the background (i.E. Paging files, Spotlight, etc.).


          ** Thanks Nerdr :).

  12. Thank you so much. I’m a software engineer and I had a lot of changes on my boot camp partition that I had yet to submit, and the project was due tomorrow. I spent hours reviewing forums , until I stumbled on this site which finally gave me clear step by step instructions to fix it. I can sleep well tonight instead of having to redo all my work.

  13. Worked perfect! Thank you so much! You saved me so much time and frustration!

    I would like other readers who are considering using a program like TechTool Pro 7 who have both windows 7 and osx installed to NOT DO IT!

    I’d used earlier versions and trusted them not to mess up the mac boot record but this one hosed it!


  14. Are you a man perfect. Thank you very much.

  15. This was great, thank you. Totally worked.

  16. I got OS X and Win8, create another OS X partition and I lost win8 at startup.
    I decide to use your guide and voalá win8 again at startup.

    I appreciate very much your help.

    • Thank you Tonio. Visitors like to think these guides are made from magic, but the truth is someone works hard to make them and put them out for others to see.