Error : The startup disk cannot be partitioned...HELP

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by biggy52, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. biggy52 macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2009
    Tanzania (East Africa)

    I am new to this mac community.. And just received my 27" i5.

    I am trying to install Windows 7 via bootcamp. I opened Bootcamp Assistant, and when i click continue, i get this popup.

    "The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition"
    The startup disk must be formatted as a single mac OS Extented volume or already partitioned by boot camp assistant for installing windows.

    I click OK.. And same message reappears

    I cannot go ahead.

    I have my 1 TB Disk partitioned as follows

    500GB for Mac - Which is Mac os Extended (Journaled)
    408 GB for Movies - Which is Mac os Extended (Journaled)
    91 GB for Windows - Which is Mac os Extended (Journaled)

    Now what do i do to get bootcamp work...

    Any help will be highly appreciated... Please dont ask me to use search...because i dont know what i am searching for in the first place.

  2. ildondeigiocchi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2007
    You don't need to run Bootcamp to install windows. Simply insert Windows CD and restart the computer holding down the "C" key. This will make your iMac boot from the CD. Proceed as a regular installation. Make sure to format the partition you plan on installing windows on as NTFS during Windows installation. Then once the OS is installed load the SL disk and search for Bootcamp64.msi. Right click and go to properties and then go to compatibility and run it for previous OS. This will allow you to install the necessary Bootcamp drivers.

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