I wanted to see if I could also have Ubuntu on my Macbook alongside the usual OSX. Now, a year later, I want to remove the Ubuntu and the space associated with it on the hard drive. That is, my hd is partitioned into two separate spaces.

My question is, if I want back the space that Ubuntu took, must I reformat and delete everything on my Mac?

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You won't need that, you can delete your Ubuntu partition and expand the current OSX one.

Using Disk Utility :

  • Choose your hard drive
  • Under the Partition tab
  • Delete your ubuntu partition and expand the OS partition.
  • Are you sure? I think I tried that and didnt work. Ill try again now. Dec 12, 2013 at 14:31
  • It usually works. But if Disk Utility is not allowing it in your case, then you probably do have to reformat.
    – GEdgar
    Dec 12, 2013 at 15:05
  • Or: you can boot a live Ubuntu CD/USB stick, and use GParted to delete the Ubuntu partition. Then reboot back in OS X and expand the OS X partition with Disk Utility.
    – pietrodn
    Dec 12, 2013 at 21:57

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