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Multiple systems in one partition
Authored by: noworryz on Jan 02, '03 11:27:24PM
Unfortunately, if your OS 9 and OS X systems are on the same disk partition (the default for most users), holding down the option key at boot time will not let you select a system -- the firmware only displays one system per partition. Perhaps Apple might add this feature to their firmware, someday, but it's probably not a priority.

Placing the systems in different partitions puts one more icon on your desktop. It also adds the hassle of managing space in another disk partition.

By the way, Macs too old to have Open Firmware do not display the system selection screen when you hold down the option key.

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Multiple systems in one partition
Authored by: tsugaru on Jan 25, '03 05:40:50PM

Oh no. Not one more icon. So if one of your OSes flake out, you gotta reinstall both if you have them on the same partition. Its not necessary to install an OS on a different partition, but it is recommended, but to the separation of stuff.



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Multiple systems in one partition
Authored by: clarityprod on Oct 14, '03 02:09:37PM

well what if you have OS9 and OSX on the first partition ? I tried to boot off the OS9 on my second partition and now it wont boot at all. If I can get my 266 IMAC back to the first partition with the D comand will it accept any of the OS systems there ? or will it still be confused and not boot ?

Ken

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Multiple systems in one partition
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Mar 13, '05 04:57:32AM

Actually, there are Macs that are too old to display the boot volume selection screen when you hold down the Option key at startup, but which do have Open Firmware, whcih can be accessed at startup by holding down Command-Option-O-F: the beige G3, the Blue and White G3, the tray-loading iMacs, and I believe the Powerbook G3 Wallstreet and Bronze--there may be others.



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