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How do I reformat the boot drive on my MacBook Pro?

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I presently have a BootCamp partition that I want to erase so all the disk space is contiguous.  I just started using Final Cut X and I found that my 350GB hard drive gets filled fast with the optimized media.  I wish I could keep it all on an extern

I presently have a BootCamp partition that I want to erase so all the disk space is contiguous.  I just started using Final Cut X and I found that my 350GB hard drive gets filled fast with the optimized media.  I wish I could keep it all on an external drive, but Final Cut X apparently needs to have everything on the OS boot disk.
Is there a safe and easy way to reformat my HD and lose the BootCamp partition?  I do have Time Machine running and up to date, but it remembers Boot Camp as one of the saved drives.  Any thoughts or guidance would be appreciated
thanks - Tony

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I do, but no assurance it will work.
To resize the drive do the following:
1. Open Disk Utility and select the drive entry (mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list.
2. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window. You should see the graphical sizing window showing the existing partitions. A portion may appear as a blue rectangle representing the used space on a partition. In your case you should see two partitions - one is your OS X volume and the other is your Windows volume.
2. Click on the Windows volume (the bottom partition) to activate it. It will become surrounded by a dark blue outline. Now click on the Delete [-] button to remove the partition. Click on the Apply button and wait for the process to finish.
3. If the partition is removed successfully then select the resizing gadget (circled in red, above) and drag it down to the bottom. Click on the Apply button again.
You should now have a single volume on the drive. If this does not work, and it may not, then you will have to try adding a new partition in the empty space by clicking on the Add [-] button to create a new partition. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended, Journaled then click on the Apply button. If this is successful, then you can try deleting this second partition and, again, extending the OS X partition to fill the entire drive.
No promises that the above will work properly. That would mean that to restore the drive to a single volume as it was new would mean having to re-partition the drive from scratch.
It would be wise to have a backup of your current system as resizing is not necessarily free of risk for data loss.  Your drive must have sufficient contiguous free space for this process to work.

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