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HELP!!!! Cannot install bootcamp

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ekim18 Calculating status...
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Jul 21, 2013 6:30 AM

I got this message

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

I have installed and uninstalled bootcamp a couple of times. I am starting to think to buy idefrag. But I really don't want to use $30 on a program I really don't know about. Any Help would be appericated!

MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jul 21, 2013 6:33 AM (in response to ekim18)

    That message means that you have more than one partition in the hard drive, and Boot Camp requires that you only have got one.

     

    First of all, if you have got data in that second partition, open Finder, select it in the sidebar and copy all the data you need from that partition to another folder (for example, the desktop).

     

    Then, you just have to remove the partition and resize the OS X partition using Disk Utility > http://pondini.org/OSX/DU4.html

     

    Finally, open Boot Camp Assistant (in /Applications/Utilities) and install Windows > http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/boot_camp_install-setup_10.7.pdf

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jul 21, 2013 8:49 AM (in response to ekim18)

    Sorry, but Recovery HD is a hidden partition and you shouldn't see it in Disk Utility. Did you do something to show it in Disk Utility? If so, hide the hidden partitions in Disk Utility.

     

    To do it, first open Disk Utility and see if Debug menu appears on the menu bar. If not, open Terminal and type:

     

    defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUDebugMenuEnabled 1

     

    Then, close Terminal, open Disk Utility, go to Debug menu (on the menu bar) and untick "Show every partition". After doing that, you shouldn't see the Recovery HD anymore, so open Boot Camp Assistant and try to install Windows.

     

    If you still can't install OS X, you did something to Recovery HD to make it show

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jul 21, 2013 8:56 AM (in response to ekim18)

    Choose Macintosh HD in the sidebar and verify the drive. What does it say?

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jul 21, 2013 9:01 AM (in response to ekim18)

    Do that with the hard drive. Select the hard drive at the top of the sidebar and verify it

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jul 21, 2013 9:06 AM (in response to ekim18)

    Make a clone of your Macintosh HD content onto an external drive using the Disk Utility's Restore feature > http://pondini.org/OSX/DU7.html

     

    Then, you have to format the hard drive. To do it, follow these steps:

     

    1. Hold Command, Option (Alt) and R keys while your Mac is starting, and open Disk Utility.

     

    2. Choose the hard drive at the top of the sidebar, go to Erase tab and erase the drive.

     

    3. Select the external drive in the sidebar, go to Restore tab and drag Macintosh HD from the sidebar to Destination box. Press Restore.

     

    4. Close Disk Utility and restart the Mac

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jul 21, 2013 8:55 PM (in response to ekim18)

    If you want to use another app, use Carbon Copy Cloner. SuperDuper doesn't clone Recovery HD. You can also use Time Machine, so after erasing the drive, you just have to close Disk Utiliity, select the option to restore the backup and follow its steps > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jul 21, 2013 9:20 PM (in response to ekim18)

    I explain the steps again:

     

    1. Make a backup.

     

    2. Hold Command, Option (Alt) and R keys while your Mac is starting, and open Disk Utility.

     

    3. Choose the hard drive at the top of the sidebar, go to Erase tab and erase the drive. The Format already comes as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)", so there's no need to modify it.

     

    4. Choose Macintosh HD (or the name you chose for the partition) in the sidebar, go to Restore tab and you will see the external drive with the clone in the sidebar. Drag it to the Destination box, and press Restore

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