9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 11, 2009 6:50 AM by Michael Irvin
cmcintyre3600 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a bootcamp partition that I was using for Ubuntu, and I want to get rid of it, but I'm not sure how. I tried going back into the Bootcamp assistant, but keep getting an error that says "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) colume or already partitioned by Boot Camp Assistant for installing windows). I tried going into Disk Utility but can't figure out what might help me there... Can anyone help? Any Ideas?

intel core 2 duo imac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • rapach22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem and am anxiously awaiting a reply also .... Hope someone out there can help.
  • metaltailz Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Don't take my word but from what I've heard you need to completely reformat your hdd as one partition.

    Maybe someone else can look at this thread and correct me if I'm wrong.
  • rapach22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Does that just mean you put in your MAC OS Installation discs? ... sorry for the simplicity but I just want to resolve this issue also.
  • JarMac23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    You should be able to go into BootCamp and select the option to restore the drive to a single partition...
  • Michael Irvin Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    If you have an external HD I would suggest that you get a copy of carbon copy. Copy your entire system HD to the external making it bootable. After formating your system disk boot from the external then use CC to restore your system disk. You have formated your bootcamp partition into a format that bootcamp cannot recognize.
  • Michael Irvin Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    If you have an external HD I would suggest that you get a copy of carbon copy. Copy your entire system HD to the external making it bootable. After formating your system disk boot from the external then use CC to restore your system disk. You have formated your bootcamp partition into a format that bootcamp cannot recognize.
  • rapach22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have not yet installed Bootcamp .... and cannot get past the message: "The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition -Back up the disk and use Disk Utility to format it as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume. Restore your information to the disk and try using Boot Camp Assistant again." .... so I cannot complete the installation. Thanks for the responses so far
  • rapach22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If I were to just re-install Mac OS X using the installation disks would that take care of the problem? ... I'm not worried about losing any saved information or documents at this point and just want this problem fixed. Again.... truly, thank you all for your responses and help with this problem.
  • Michael Irvin Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Yes, but first you will have to re-partition your HD. Install your Leopard CD, and restart. After selecting the language do not continue with the installation. Go to the menu at the top of the screen and select "Utilities". One of the options will be "Disk Utility". Open the Disk Utility and select your HD. Note: there will be three icons showing One that represents your HD, and two others that represent each partition. In order to get the Partition option you must select the HD. Depending on the size and model probably say something like "698.6 GB ST375064NS Media". That is what mine says. With the HD selected a "Partition" tab will appear across the top. Right under the Volume Scheme: label will be a tab set to "current". Click the tab and set the partition to 1 fill in a volume name, then click the "apply" button on the lower right hand corner. Thats it you will now have one partition to reinstall the OS on. Since you are running off a CD everything will take more time than you are use to.