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10.5: Create a three-partition Boot Camp setup
Authored by: Macbie on Nov 13, '09 11:50:13AM

Hello all,

I am trying to follow these instructions, but I am running into a difficulty which has not been documented here yet.

Hardware is a Macbook Pro 15" 2.0GHz

I am trying to install OSX 10.5 Leopard as a main system, Windows XP for the unfortunate times when Windows is a must (You don't believe the amount of crappy software that teachers are forced to use sometimes...).
In addition to that I want to have two data partitions, the main one for Mac use, the little one to be used by both OS to simply share data. I have a 250GB drive, so my proposed partition looks like

OSX 10.5 50GB
Data (HFS) 140GB
Dual (FAT32) 30GB
WindowsXP 10GB

Now I understand that people write that Windows ought to be the third partition, which is ok with me. To begin with I tried to make it simple, with three partitions.
I followed all the steps above, but from step 7 onwards it does not play ball. Of course step 7 complains as described with "if you do that, bootcamp will fail" and I expected that. But... when I hold down the Alt-key on booting... it does not even show me the option for Windows. There is only the symbol for the Mac option there! So I don't even get to the bluescreen, it simply does not acknowledge any other installs.

I installed both rEFIt and bootpicker (not at the same time of course) and rEFIt did tell em that the partition table looked a bit wrong and fixed it. yet still no chance of seeing a Windows boot option.

Now according to the rEFIt website, I can just build the entire disk with an MBR partition table, which would make this all easier. But then I'd not be able to install OS X again off the disk.

Overall while I admire the ease of use of Disk Utilities, it is infuriating how it insists on re-allocating space in your partitioning all the time. I ahve not found how to make sure that the bootcamp partition does not end up at the bottom (i.e. 4th). Is there a better partitioning tool available which is known to work well with OSX? Given that it is based in Linux, it is a bit sad to see the partitioning so crippled...

Any hints for partitioning my disk to enable my scheme would be massively appreciated! Thank you!
MacNewbie



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