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How come I keep getting a message when trying to setup boot camp that says startup disk cannot be partitioned? 

by on December 31, 2011

Q: When i try to Boot camp my mac i get the error message 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”

I have already checked to make sure that my disc is not already partitioned and it is not. I have done the same steps on my other MacBook and it worked fine so i do not know what is going on with this computer.

Any help would be appreciated.


How come I have to hold down alt when my iMac boots after removing the Windows partition? 

by on October 12, 2011

Q: Hi, I removed windows partition from my iMac by Boot camp, everything is O.K. but when I start my iMac I have to hold “alt” to choose Macintosh HD otherwise it says “error choosing operating system”. How can I solve this problem?


How come most of my hard drive space is gone after my Mac died while using boot camp? 

by on February 1, 2011

Q: My Mac died as I was using boot camp and now most of my hard drive space is gone. Can I do anything to fix this?


How come my mouse in Windows with boot camp does not work? 

by on September 27, 2009

Q: I have a 24” iMac core 2 duo 2.16 ghz. I just installed OS X 10.6 and jumped head in to boot camp. I followed all the directions and installed Windows XP SP2. After I finished the install, I loaded the drivers from the OS X CD and rebooted, but now windows freezes on the desktop. I can’t move my mouse or use the keyboard and I end up restarting the computer. How can I fix this, as I really want run some PC games on my Mac.


Booting from another Mac partition 

by on July 26, 2009

Q: I made a Windows partition on my Mac using Boot Camp. When I restart my computer holding the Alt (option) key to see the partitions so I can select the one I want to boot from I only see my OS X partition. How come the other partition does not show?

A: It sounds like something went wrong while running Boot Camp. I would suggest you rerun Boot Camp to make sure everything is setup correctly. If that does not work then you will want to check out Apple’s Boot Camp support page because it has information on what you should to to make sure you are logged in as the right user and that you have the latest updates.

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Does Windows-based software work on a Mac? 

by on October 29, 2008

Q: Does Windows-based software work on a Mac? Also, I’ve always heard that one of the benefits of a Mac is that the majority of malware won’t affect them. But if they will run Windows-based software, won’t they also run any malware that works on Windows?

A: The Macs that are capable of running Windows-based software are: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini (Intel-based only) iMac (Intel-based only) and Mac Pro. There are three different methods that you can use to get Windows software running on your Mac. I will describe these methods and then answer your question about malware. Read the rest of this entry »


Delete a Windows Partition from a Mac 

by on September 9, 2008

Q: I am wondering how I can reformat my Windows XP partition on a dual system iMac without loosing the Mac side.

A: Apple has made it extremely easy to delete Windows partitions from your iMac’s hard drive in Mac OS X Leopard.

Open a new Finder window and go Applications => Utilities => Boot Camp Assistant. This will start an interactive wizard. In the wizard, choose the option called Create or remove a Windows partition. Follow the resulting instructions to delete the Windows partition from your iMac, and then restart your computer.



Preventing Boot Camp Disk From Mounting 

by on February 1, 2008

Q: I am using Mac OS X Leopard and I would like to know if it is possible to prevent my boot camp disk from being mounted on startup?

A: The problem you are confronted with is generally attributed to the functioning of boot camp in dual mode. As boot camp provides you the option of selecting either operating system (Windows or OS X) to work with, you can disable boot camp by taking it out of the partitioning mode. This can be achieved by removing Windows from it. You can instantaneously reinstall Windows again by using boot camp. Before removing windows you have to check out whether Windows is installed on a second disc partition or a single volume disc.

If it is installed in the latter form then it can be removed by following steps:

Step 1- Start the system

Step 2- Select the option of Boot camp assistant and right click on it.

Step 3- Select erase from the options.

Step 4- Now reformat the computer Mac OS X volume.

Furthermore if Windows is installed in a second disc partition mode then it can be abandoned by following the steps given below:

Step 1- Start up your laptop in Mac OS X mode.

Step 2- Close all the other applications running on it and clear off all the other existing users.

Step 3- Select Boot Camp Assistant from the menu

Step 4- Choose the option of remove or construct Windows partitioning. Select remove Windows partitioning from it and click continue.

Step 5- Choose the option of restoring only to Mac OS partition (single partition) and follow the further instructions.

I hope the above solutions will assist you to counter the problem of mounting of Boot camp disc while starting up.