The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition

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  1. becauseoftacos macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I recently deleted my whole computer in order to start again. I wanted to start using windows on the mac, but when going into Boot Camp Assistant on Mavericks it came up with:
    The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition.

    The startup disk must be formatted as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume or already partitioned by Boot Camp Assistant for installing Windows.

    Code:
    frasers-mbp:~ becauseoftacos$ diskutil list
    /dev/disk0
       #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
       0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *750.2 GB   disk0
       1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk0s1
       2:                  Apple_HFS becauseoftacos HD       599.8 GB   disk0s2
       3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s3
       4:                  Apple_HFS Recovery HD             130.0 GB   disk0s4
    Could someone please give me steps to help me run Windows XP on the Mac? (Have a disk)

    -becauseoftacos
     
  2. Bruno09, Nov 5, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2013

    Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Did you erase the whole disk, or only "becauseoftacos HD" before installing the OS X ?

    I wonder why you have TWO Recovery partitions ?
    What is the HFS Recovery HD partition, 130 GB ??

    At the moment you have "becauseoftacos HD" + "HFS Recovery HD" = 730 GB
     
  3. becauseoftacos thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did not erase the whole disk, I just erased "becauseoftacos HD". I don't know what "HFS Recovery" is. But I know that one is ML and one is Lion.
     
  4. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    You need to erase the whole disc, not "becauseoftacos HD" only.

    Alternatively you could try this :

    - rename the BIG "Recovery HD", to "big Recovery", for instance.

    - boot up from the "small" (actual) Recovery HD

    - use its Disk Utility to erase the "big Recovery" partition.

    This would give enough room to install Windows.

    If it was me, I would prefer to erase the whole disc and reinstall Mavericks.

    To do this you can :

    - use Internet Recovery (Cmd + Alt + r) if Mavericks is the OS the Mac came with, or :

    - download Mavericks from the App Store, create a bootable installer with Disk Maker X, boot up from it, use its Disk Utility to erase the whole disc, then install Mavericks, then use Bootcamp to install Windows.
     

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