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Make this really simple for me if you choose to answer. Think of me as a baby learning english. I cant install boot camp because i press continue and a message comes up saying:
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.

Help me fix it pls!
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Have you gone to Applications > Utilities > Boot Camp Assistant???

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Yes i have and thats where i opened it and got that message.
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Is your disk formatted as HFS+ Journaled ?
To find out go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility, click on your Hard Drive, then at the bottom it should say Format: Mac OS Extended Journaled.

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First of all, BootCamp is already part of your OSX. What it sounds like is that you can't get started to run the utility because of the error message. Boot Camp will not create a partition on a drive that is already partitioned - do you have any other partitions on your drive? If so, you'll have to restore the drive to a single partition for Boot Camp to work using Disk Utility.
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It says journaled, how do i fix it? What does it mean?
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I think you posted the error message incorrectly but what it's trying to tell you is that your drive is fragmented and there is not enough contiguous space to create a partition for Windows.

You have two choices: One is to try to defragment the drive so that enough contiguous space is available: iDefrag $29.95

The other choice is to erase the hard drive, reinstall and use Time Machine to restore. No data lost that way. Afterward, you should be able to run Boot Camp successfully.
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theres gotta be another way...
I dont want to erase my hard drive because i am heavily accident prone and i don't wanna spend 30$ for a program that does something i don't know.
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theres gotta be another way...
I dont want to erase my hard drive because i am heavily accident prone and i don't wanna spend 30$ for a program that does something i don't know.
Then you're between a rock and a hard place I'm afraid.

As chscag says your drive is too fragmented. If you don't know what that means and therefore what defragmenting does try this: (apologies in advance if I'm teaching granny to suck eggs.....)

Imagine the hard disk is bedroom. It's got a bed, desk, clothes all over the floor, boxes of junk cluttering the place up. You want to put a second bed in the room(bootcamps partition). Before you can put that bed in there you need to tidy the room to make some space (defragmenting). Once everything is tidy and in it's place you'll have room to put the bed - again apologies for the simplist analogy.

That, simplistically is what defragmenting does. It shifts all the bits of data that are strewn across your disk into local order at the start of the disk, leaving a data free contiguous chunk at the end. This space needs to be clear for the Bootcamp assistant to do it's job.

Only you now how much you need Windows in bootcamp.... and whether it's worth $29

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Alright i defraged it and it still doesn't work. What does journaled mean anyway? I dont think defragmenation has anything to do with he OP and how my mac came up with the 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.
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Here are my mac thingys in disk utilities:
Mount Point : / Capacity : 64.29 GB (64,290,291,712 Bytes)
Format : Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Available : 16.03 GB (16,030,003,200 Bytes)
Owners Enabled : Yes Used : 48.26 GB (48,260,288,512 Bytes)
Number of Folders : 247,361 Number of Files : 857,364
I also have another disk next to it called "Home Folder and i have no idea why its there.
Here are its Thingys:
Mount Point : /Volumes/HomeFolder Capacity : 95.27 GB (95,273,402,368 Bytes)
Format : Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Available : 14.73 GB (14,730,039,296 Bytes)
Owners Enabled : No Used : 80.54 GB (80,543,363,072 Bytes)
Number of Folders : 23,786 Number of Files : 98,660
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Here are my mac thingys in disk utilities:
Mount Point : / Capacity : 64.29 GB (64,290,291,712 Bytes)
Format : Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Available : 16.03 GB (16,030,003,200 Bytes)
Owners Enabled : Yes Used : 48.26 GB (48,260,288,512 Bytes)
Number of Folders : 247,361 Number of Files : 857,364
I also have another disk next to it called "Home Folder and i have no idea why its there.
Here are its Thingys:
Mount Point : /Volumes/HomeFolder Capacity : 95.27 GB (95,273,402,368 Bytes)
Format : Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Available : 14.73 GB (14,730,039,296 Bytes)
Owners Enabled : No Used : 80.54 GB (80,543,363,072 Bytes)
Number of Folders : 23,786 Number of Files : 98,660
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How did you defrag the drive? You needed to boot from the disk you made with iDefrag and let it run overnight if possible. In other words, you needed to do a 100% defrag with the hard drive dismounted.
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i pressed the repair button but does defragging have anything to do with my disk being journalled?
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Journaled is just the nomenclature Apple uses. Sounds like you did not use iDefrag after all - unfortunately, what Chscag told you is correct - unless you already have another partition on your drive (which you can check quickly by looking in the Finder), you MUST either defragment your drive or erase it and start over. If you run your disk utility or normal disk repair utilities and repair your disk and permissions, that's not the same thing. There are very few disk defragmenting utilities out there and iDefrag is the best one. You are getting the correct advice here from the forum members.

The defragmentation process will take several hours and as noted above, it is best to do it overnight. In my opinion, well worth the $30.

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