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10.5: Create a three-partition Boot Camp setup
Authored by: cmac6126 on Nov 14, '07 08:31:22PM

Is there a limit to the number of partitions you can have?

I've always used successfully multiple partitions with my 8 prior Macs, but this is my first Intel Mac (MBP) and attempt at running Windoze on it.

I need 3 Mac and 3 Windoze for my work, but after installing 10.5 this way the first time XP would not see a partition to install to.
I then repartitioned using Disk Utility and moved the XP partition up the list one (to 3rd place) and was able to install XP. However the XP install will not see the other two FAT32 partitions (4th and 5th places).

I'm trying to setup a 10.5 'System', 'User' and 'Media' and a XP (FAT32) 'System', 'Data' and 'Oracle' for use primarily with VMWare Fusion so I can run my companies Windoze software.

Any suggestions?


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10.5: Create a three-partition Boot Camp setup
Authored by: marineblue on Nov 15, '07 05:25:16AM


I'm not an expert on this aspect of things, but perhaps it's something to do with the way BIOS & EFI "interact" with each other?

If I was trying for your set up, my gut feeling would be to have Disk Utility create the 3 mac (HFS+) partitions and one big windows partition.

Then I'd either use the Windows installer to partition the windows volume (I think that's possible?) as required, prior to installation of Windows XP, or else use a windows-based utility to partition it after installation, although you may not wish to have some windows software performing low-level actions on your OS X volume...


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