So I have been trying to get Windows 7 on my machine using no DVD or USB (I have only an ISO to work with). I used various combinations of Boot Camp, Toast Titanium, Virtualbox / VMWare, Disk Utility, and rEFIt to attempt this, and after realizing that nothing had worked and getting a DVD-RW, I set about putting everything back to normal, i.e:
- Changing my MBR table back to a single EFI protective partition spanning the entire disk (apparently, Boot Camp magically did that for me)
- Making my OS X partition fill my whole disk again (in the EFI table, using Disk Utility).
So now everything looks pretty much fine from the outside, but there's on detail that bothers me a little bit. Here's the output from
/dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *500.1 GB disk0 1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 499.2 GB disk0s2 3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s4
As you can see, I have no
disk0s3 partition. My Recovery HD partition should be in
disk0s3 and I should have no
disk0s4. But I have no idea how this came about or how severe it is, and only the faintest idea how to fix it (deleting, making a new Recovery HD, not sure if that'll work)
As well, here is the output from rEFIt's Partition Inspector:
*** Report for internal hard disk *** Current GPT partition table: # Start LBA End LBA Type 1 40 409639 EFI System (FAT) 2 409640 975503591 Mac OS X HFS+ 3 975503592 976773127 Mac OS X Boot Current MBR partition table: # A Start LBA End LBA Type 1 1 976773167 ee EFI Protective MBR contents: Boot Code: Unknown, but bootable Partition at LBA 40: Boot Code: None (Non-system disk message) File System: FAT32 Listed in GPT as partition 1, type EFI System (FAT) Partition at LBA 409640: Boot Code: None File System: HFS Extended (HFS+) Listed in GPT as partition 2, type Mac OS X HFS+ Partition at LBA 975503592: Boot Code: None File System: HFS Extended (HFS+) Listed in GPT as partition 3, type Mac OS X Boot
Which confirms that my MBR table is in the right place, and also tells me that my
disk0s4 are indeed right next to each other, so there is no invisible partition in between.
Thanks for your help!