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    The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition.
    it appears that I have 2 boot recovery hd? I am trying to use boot camp to install windows and get this message.

    Del-Richs-iMac:~ del-richloancoclinton$ diskutil list
    /dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
    #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
    0: GUID_partition_scheme *1.0 TB disk0
    1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
    2: Apple_HFS Imac 998.6 GB disk0s2
    3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3
    4: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s4

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    do I just delete #4?

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    I think before you delete or remove anything, we need to find out why you have two recovery partitions?

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    im not sure why? I erased my hd in recovery mode and reinstalled osx

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    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac11,3
    Processor Name: Intel Core i7
    Processor Speed: 2.93 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 8 MB
    Memory: 16 GB
    Boot ROM Version: IM112.005D.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.59f2

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    @kjsjr:

    Please do not post to more than one forum. You posted the same thing three times... we removed your other two threads.

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    my apologies

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    im stuck here at work until I get this resolved

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    when I hold command and boot I am given 2 recovery options "recovery 10.13.6" and "recovery 10.13.5" in that order

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    Do you possibly have your hard drive split into two partitions -- one with 10.13.5 and one with 10.13.6?

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    no, the second recovery drive was the problem. I removed it and boot camp is now working like it should. Looks like I may get to go home tonight!!

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