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    Delete Ubuntu Partition from Mac

    I would like to uninstall Ubuntu from my mac because I have some audio issues and I couldn't solve them so I never use Ubuntu.

    My question is a very simple one: Can I use Mac's Disk Utility to delete the partitions? Or do I have to use a Ubuntu Bootable USB to delete the partitions using GParted?
    I ask this because a long time ago I deleted the USB stick and now I can't manage to create a new one. The computer simply doesn't detect it...

    Thank you in advance

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    Re: Delete Ubuntu Partition from Mac

    Moved to Apple Users.

    When and how did you install Ubuntu ?
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    Re: Delete Ubuntu Partition from Mac

    I installed in the beggining of this summer. I created a 50gb partition in my drive and installed Ubuntu 12.04 using a usb stick.

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    Re: Delete Ubuntu Partition from Mac

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1705806

    Even though I do own Macs, they are work ones and I never installed ubuntu on them. I looked around and found the above thread (among many) that may have useful info. Basically, they removed the partitions with gparted and reclaimed the free space with Disk Utility.
    If on Lion or up, you can get to Disk Utility holding Command-R while booting (hold it long enough).
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    Re: Delete Ubuntu Partition from Mac

    I apreciate your research but the problem I have is that I can't manage to create the usb stick any more and that is why I can't use gparted, so my question is: can I use Mac's Disk Utility to delete those Ubuntu partitions?

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    Re: Delete Ubuntu Partition from Mac

    The partitions are formatted in ext4, so unless you use some extra application, I do not think so. I've always done it the other way around, format usb sticks in HFS+ from ubuntu or MacOS to be used by both.
    Can you use a CD or DVD ?
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    Re: Delete Ubuntu Partition from Mac

    I tried on a spare machine (10.6). On the running OS X system, the EXT4 partitions could be reformatted but it had trouble with the swap and boot partition. However, booting the Disk Utility on the10.7 install DVD, I was able to remove the Ubuntu partitions and resize the OS X partition to use the recovered space.

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    Re: Delete Ubuntu Partition from Mac

    So I managed to make a Ubuntu Live DVD and I deleted both the ext4 and the linux-swap partitions. Now the problem is that ubuntu is still appearing in rEFIt.
    Any ideas why this is happening?

    I would also like to mention that there was another partition of unknown format and was only some Kb big. Does that have anything to do with the problem mentioned previously?

    Thank you for your support

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    Re: Delete Ubuntu Partition from Mac

    You'll have to remove rEFIt using OS X.

    http://refit.sourceforge.net/doc/c1s3_remove.html

    If you have the OS X installation media you can resize the OS X partition to use up the freed space, too.

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    Re: Delete Ubuntu Partition from Mac

    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Noodén View Post
    You'll have to remove rEFIt using OS X.

    http://refit.sourceforge.net/doc/c1s3_remove.html

    If you have the OS X installation media you can resize the OS X partition to use up the freed space, too.
    Yeah but I would like to install Windows now so I'll be needing rEFIt later. Is there any other way to remove Ubuntu from rEFIt?

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