Hold the ff-ing phone, I start up the computer holding the alt (option) key and I see there is a recovery partition???
Is that why Bootcamp says the disk is not a single partition?
My best guess is that when I upgraded this machine to Lion, it automatically created this recovery partition. When I did the system restore I told it to format the internal drive but I guess it did not touch this partition.
This is hidden in Disk Utilities so cannot be removed.
I understand Apple feels it needs to protect unwitting users from themselves, but man, why can't I do what I want with my machine?
So can I somehow get rid of this recovery partition, or do I really need to boot up from an external drive, wipe out the internal disk and start all over?
I have a suspicion that our Mid 2007 iMacs are simply not supported by the latest (5.0) version of BootCamp.
Apple's support page shows here that Bootcamp 5 will only run 64-bit versions of windows, but the 64-bit versions won't run on Mid-2007 iMacs:
So, maybe Bootcamp 5 simply won't work at all on our old iMacs, and it gives this stupid error instead of simply saying it's incompatible.
I have a baffling problem as well. There's no error message, it's just that boot camp assistant will not continue forward with anything once I have checked "install Windows 7" and click the continue button. The button isn't greyed out, it's functional but nothing happens at all.
I have the Windows support software downloaded. I'm on an iMac running 10.8.5, with the fusion drive (not partitioned yet, was waiting for bootcamp to do it). My Windows 7 dvd is in an external USB drive.
Boot camp assistant will continue forward if I also check the "download support software," but I don't need that anymore. All I need to do is install Windows.