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10.5: Create a three-partition Boot Camp setup
Authored by: sci_spi on Apr 18, '09 10:19:55PM

I tried the procedure given but I did not get success. The only thing I changed as hinted in the last post is that I used the 'upper' or the 'middle' or the 'third' partition and not the 'last' one.
Now I am going to try the 11 steps exactly as stated. But please somebody provide me suitable procedure for the following:
I want to have 4 partitions in my only 320 GB hard disk. One for Mac OS X, 2nd for Mac_data, 3rd for WinXP (NTFS) and most important, the 4th for Win_data (NTFS). At the same time the WinXP/Windows should be shown in 'Startup Disk' in System Preferences. Also when I am running my iMac 20" (C2D, 2.66GHz, Mac OS X Leopard 10.5) in WinXP, the Boot Camp (installed from Mac OS DVD for drivers) in XP should also show Macintosh and Windows options for restart of the computer. Most importantly, I should be able to see my 'Win_data' partition in WinXP. In fact all the 4 partitions would be viewable from Mac OS and even readable. Of course for proper read/write something like NTFS-3G may be needed.
Kindly note that I cannot format the entire hard disk and start from install of Mac OS X. I also observe that 'iPartition', etc. may not be needed for the present requirement. I wish to create the 4 partitions with the existing Mac OS X intact and preferably without third party software.

Please somebody help. I have tried several times, installed XP and removed due to the problem coming with another NTFS data partition. (On erasing and creating the third partition for 'data', XP stops working with 'hal.dll not found' problem. If 3rd data partition is again deleted and reverted as 'free space', XP returns back. Finally in desperation, I created extended partition and logical drive of 'unallocated space' from XP's disk management. On restarting now, the computer neither boots in Mac nor in XP. Every time I have to press option button and go to Mac OS. Machine no more boots in XP now in any manner.) I am tired now. I am desperate for a proper solution.



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10.5: Create a three-partition Boot Camp setup
Authored by: sci_spi on Apr 21, '09 12:53:26AM

I also observed the following w.r.t. the problem stated earlier. I start in Mac OS X (using 'option' at start). I confirm in 'disk utility' that the data partition I made in Windows is still shown as 'free space'. So I just delete it again.
Now the Windows starts working without the error of 'hal.dll'.

There is another observation. When I used the 'gpt' command (gpt -b PARTITIONSTART -s SIZE, etc.) by booting from OS X DVD and used disk utility, there was a message saying something like 'Suspicious sector at MBR 0' (don't remember exactly). The partition of unused space seemed to have got done but this rather 'suspicious' message too was there.

Editing the boot.ini and changing 3's to 4's doesn't help. In my case '....(3)' works fine till I do not try to make an NTFS 'data' partition too.

Please help.



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