I had previously had dual booted my MacBook Pro (13" Mid 2010) with OS X 10.8.5 (Encrypted) & Windows 7 x64 with a separate FAT32 partition which I was going to install Kali Linux on. While under Win 7 however I quickly started running out of space for what I needed to do, as a quick solution I decided I would just merge my Kali partition with Win 7 to create more space. Despite the fact that I had read before that resizing a Win 7 bootcamp partition was difficult and should not be done I proceeded (without thinking) to do so. Upon reboot however I encountered the expected,
Error: No such partition.
Entering rescue mode
Grub Rescue >
Luckily I am able to still boot into OS X by holding down the "Option" key on boot. I have fixed this problem before by manually fixing the MBR table using the method described here --> http://jonsview.com/fixing-mbr-tables-on-imac-or-mbp-triple-boot-setups
Unfortunately I have also erased my Windows 7 & Kali partitions as I was going to just start over from scratch using bootcamp and create a bigger windows partition so that guide is not as easy to follow since I only have my OS X partition left.
My Solution & Question:
What I have decided would probably be the easiest course of action would be to backup my OS X partition, do a complete reformat and reinstall from back up. However I would like to retain my system exactly as is with the two user accounts, all their settings and apps still installed and operational. I am thinking cloning my partition would probably be the easiest but I am unsure as to how this would work with an encrypted OS X partition and if it would still retain the MBR error. My current choices of action from what I can tell is:
- Cloning the partition
- Migration Assistant
- Time Machine Backup
If anyone could give me some ideas on which would be the best solution for me it would be greatly appreciated.