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Create, use, and share multiple Boot Camp partitions
Authored by: carmst on Mar 26, '09 08:53:42AM

Hate to be one of those posters that follow up a good, technically interesting hint with "but why?!"... but... why?! :P What's new here is using more than one partition for the Boot Camp install, but it seems like a lot of work to get yourself unsupported by everyone for the sake of a neater set of drive letters in Windows.

Perhaps using the Windows "subst" command for virtual drives might be less messy, and less likely to break on Boot Camp or Crossover or Parallels updates?



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Create, use, and share multiple Boot Camp partitions
Authored by: macavenger on Mar 26, '09 09:30:37AM

Why? Simple - if windows hoses itself (as is fairly likely in my experience) you can wipe the system partition and re-install windows completely clean, without loosing your data. If you save all your downloads on that data partition as well, you don't even have to re-download any utilities or the like you downloaded, or be left in the position of going "now what was that nifty program I liked so much?" Of course, this being windows, you still have to re-install all your apps as well as the OS, but at least all your data is intact, and you don't have to worry about potential problems from doing a non-clean re-install of windows.

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Create, use, and share multiple Boot Camp partitions
Authored by: frgough on Mar 26, '09 06:24:46PM

Or you can just take the money you would spend on iPartition, buy MacDrive 7 instead and keep your data on your OS X partition.



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Create, use, and share multiple Boot Camp partitions
Authored by: haralds on Mar 28, '09 11:27:07AM

MacDrive can be a mixed experience.

MacDrive 6 is still my preferred solution with Windows XP Pro - stable.
MacDrive 7 seems to work ok with Vista 32. With Vista 64, it's a disaster.

However, I tend to make Mac volumes read only to avoid trashing, and potential unexpected deposits by nasties if my anti virus fails.

You have to be careful with hygiene, when slumming with Windows - kind of like a bad red light district for masochists...



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