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

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Dohbrain, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. Dohbrain macrumors newbie


    Apr 18, 2008
    Don't Be Put Off By this Big Wall of Text if you know anything about Boot Camp and Disk Utility Please Help.

    Ok this story starts a while back, I want to get Windows Vista Business on my MacBook so I tried to partition my disk it didn't work I read the Boot Camp guide and Backed Up and Erased my Hard Disk on Disk Utility and restored it and the Partition worked that time.

    But when I installed my Windows Vista I needed a different serial number so I gave up on that and decided to delete the Windows partition, what I found out is that the Windows Vista automatically deleted my Mac OS X partition.
    Heres where I think somehow I went wrong using Install Disk 1 and Disk Utility I deleted the Windows FAT partition and using the partition tab in Disk Utility I made a new Macintosh HD partition.

    So a week down the line I've acquired a Windows XP SP2 disk from a friend and wanted to make a partition for the Windows but when I open Boot Camp Assistant and press continue it reads "The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition."

    I've tried erasing the Disk and restoring the Disk using Time Machine a few times and Boot Camp still reads"The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition."

    Its infuriating. And I've searched all the forums but this is too specific and so I've signed up here to ask anyone who could help.

    Anybody got answers?
  2. sysiphus macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    Try running fsck (hold down cmd+s on boot, and type the fsck string that appears just above your command line). Then, see if you're back to one big happy partition. After that, if no good, iDefrag might be in order. Worst case, back up your data, and wipe the whole drive and start over. Good luck.
  3. Dohbrain thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 18, 2008

    I took it to a Mac Shop on Sunday for a Genius Bar appointment. They told me how to fix it, but when I got home and started by first making a more than 1 partition, then just one. I realised ever since installing Vista where it deleted my Mac partition, it was formatting the Hard Disk ad MBR and not GUID Partition Table, I surprised they didn't pick up on that. Although I didn't, I suppose.

    Thanks for your input Sysiphus.
  4. Cpt BiiRDZEyE macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2011
    What do you have to do to fix it? I have this problem and it is extremely annoying
  5. banksy02 macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2011

    hey sysiphus how exactly do you use the cmd s thing plz help my bootcamp say same thing iam not too good on computers so say it in terms i can understand:confused:

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