Refers to booting more than one operating system on one computer.

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Run a Windows Virtual Machine on Mac OS X 10.8 with a real Hard Drive partition

I have dual-boot setup on my MacBook using bootcamp. I have 2 partitions: 1 is Windows 7 and the other is Mac OS X 10.8. I have all of my stuff personal stuff setup for the Mac side. I have ...
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Remote dual boot, how to select OS to boot

I'm installing Bootcamp ( Win7 64bit if that matters ) on my Mac Mini, since you need to pick the OS to start up while booting, how can I do this remotely? Example: VNC into OSX, reboot the machine, ...
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Install Lion as second boot option on Mountain Lion machine

My Mac is currently running Mountain Lion. I want to install Lion as a dual boot option, for development testing. I have downloaded the Lion installer from the App store and I have a fresh partition ...
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What are these weird permissions? ==> d????????? ? ? ??

Since my Mac crashed and does not boot OS X at the moment, I am trying to recover some data from my user folder in OS X from within of Ubuntu. Usually I have no problem accessing the files. But not ...
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Bootcamp problem -> not booting into Windows

Every three restarts when I'm holding down the option key and try to boot into Win7 the screen goes black and nothing happens. The indicator is the blinking cursor - if it's absent in the start, ...
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Boot Ubuntu 12 on Mac Mini with Lion OS

How can I boot Ubuntu-12.04 LTS on Mac Mini Lion Server (early 2011) with no CD reader?
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Accidentally deleted OS X partition

I was installing Windows 7 using bootcamp on my iMac machine and accidentally deleted the main OS X partition while doing that. So now I when I start the machine I see only an option to choose windows ...
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Dual Boot OSX on Retina MBP 15

I want to install a fresh copy of OSX onto my Retina MBP, next to the one that it came preinstalled with. I have created a 2nd partition using Disk Utility ready for the install, but have now found ...
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What is the simplest way to dual-boot linux?

I am looking for the most straightforward way (both in initial setup and in maintenance) to set up a second partition on an OS X machine for (either) Debian or Ubuntu. I won't be running any other ...
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Bad idea to boot Tiger?

Are there any possible ill consequences from booting my 2007 MacBook Pro (runs 10.8.3) into 10.4.11? According to Apple it's supported. I just want to run Diablo 2. I found an old backup of my ...
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dual boot Mountain Lion/Mountain Lion

I got a Macbook Pro with OS 10.8 installed on, the usual recovery partition that is created by the OS installer, and a 35GB partition (currently NTFS, but I can reformat in HFS+ if needed). My ...
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How can I tell OSX NOT to mount some of the drives in my computer?

I have a Mac with a Windows drive that I occasionally boot to. Most of the time, I'm using the Mac, and the Windows disk always mounts and shows up on the desktop. I would like to keep it from showing ...
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Install Linux Mint on a dual-drive MacBook Pro with Windows and OS X

I have a Macbook Pro 13 mid-2012. It was shipped with a 500GB HDD, to which I added an additional SSD drive (128GB). After installing my SSD in a caddy, thus replacing the optical drive, I installed a ...
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How do I install Linux on a late 2012 mac mini?

I installed a 2nd hard drive in my late 2012 mac mini. This hard disk had Mint Linux - 12 on it (Installed when it was in a different computer). Pressing the Option showed me two additional hard disks ...
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Can't boot into MacOS X and Boot Camp

This happen when I got home from school. Early morning at school, I still perfectly use Windows in Macbook Pro (early 2011). So I did a hibernation before packing it up. Then when I was gonna use it ...
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What are the sector sizes on Mac OS X?

I read on the HFS Plus Wikipedia page that the default sector size on a Mac is 512 b. However, I also read that Macs support 4kb sectors. How can I determine which I have, 512 b or 4 kb sectors? I ...
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Bootcamp: is there an advantage of 64-bit vs 32-bit Windows?

I've got the new MabookPro retina. I want to install a dual boot Windows OS. I have the option from MSDN to either install a 64-bit or a 32-bit. Is there a performance advantage? Other advantages?
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How to install Windows XP on mid-2012 MacBook Air Mountain Lion?

I have to install Windows XP on my mid-2012 Mountain Lion MacBook Air (base config: 4GB RAM, 128GB SDD, 1.8 GHz) but the BootCamp doesn't support anything except 7. I can't afford to set aside sth ...
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If I were to use Windows 7 or 8 either via Boot Camp or Virtualisation Software on my Mac would my Magic Trackpad still function?

If I were to install Windows 7 or 8 either via Boot Camp or Virtualisation Software on my Mac would my Magic Trackpad still function in the Windows environment or is the ability to use gesture control ...
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Windows and Ubuntu won't boot with optical drive disconnected

I set up my Macbook Pro (15" late 2008, if it matters) to quad-boot Lion, Snow Leopard, Windows 7, and Ubuntu 12.04 (using rEFIt). Everything worked fine for a couple months. Then my optical drive ...
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Safe to upgrade to Windows 8 on Bootcamp?

So I'd read a service advisory on the Parallels site warning users not to upgrade to Windows 8 due to it damaging their virtual machine and associated files therein. That being said, is it currently ...
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iMac OS X 10.6.8, didn't come with any disks…how do I create an install disk [closed]

I want to do a dual boot with Windows 7 (the eventual goal being Windows 8 but to upgrade I think I need to have a version of Windows on my Mac already). I meet all of the system requirements and I ...
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Is this impossible to install XP using BootCamp on Lion?

I want to install XP with bootcamp on my Mac running Lion. The only choice that it gives me is to install Win7. Is there a way to install XP on Lion ?
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Unable to mount Ubuntu 12.10 install .iso or .img

I'm following the instructions to create a bootable Ubuntu 12.10 USB stick on OS X found here. I can do step 3 and hdiutil appears to work fine, but when I go to mount the resulting ubuntu.img file I ...
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Dual boot MacBook Air 2012 with Windows 7 - now boots directly into Windows

So I attempted to set up dual boot (Boot Camp) on my new MacBook Air (Mountain Lion) with Windows 7 and failed spectacularly in the process. The Mac just boots straight into Windows now. There's no ...
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How can I right click on a Mac using only the trackpad in a dual-boot environment?

I am absolutely new to Mac OS and can't determine hot to issue a right click on my Mac. If I want a shortcut menu to appear I can ctrl + click to get the same effect or I can use an old mouse that has ...
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Installing Ubuntu Server on my MacBook without a CD

Trying to install Ubuntu server on my MacBook however the CD drive is not working. All the guides I have seen so far use the bootcamp process (same as for windows) to achieve this. I currently have a ...
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mac cannot bootup Mac OS X

Installation of Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro prompts me that it requires a CD/DVD device driver. I ejected my DVD and then got a window displaying "No bootable device--inset boot disk and press any ...
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Is it normal to have a Macbook heat up when using a dual boot linux?

After successfully dual-booting fedora on my Macbook Air, i have noticed that the Macbook tends to heat up a lot faster than when I am using Mac OS X. Is this normal?
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Is it possible to dual boot Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Fedora 17?

Has anyone attempted this before? Are there any installation guides to follow? I attempted to install before but I wasn't able to boot into the fedora partition when i was done.
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How do I dual-booting Ubuntu on a Macbook pro?

How would you dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 on a MacBook Pro with the following specs: 13", 750GB hard drive, Intel Core-i7 processor, with 8GB RAM.
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Sharing users between Mountain Lion and Snow Leopard — will this break user preferences?

I have ML and SL installed as dual boot OSes and want to share a user's home directory (on an external drive). I wonder, however, if I rather should use different users for each OS as ML might write ...
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How to install Windows 7 Bootcamp using iso file (without USB/DVD)?

I have a MacBook Pro and I need to install Windows 7 besides Mac OS X so I can play games on it. The problem is that I don't have a USB stick or DVD to copy the Win7 iso image like Bootcamp requires. ...
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Is it possible to dual-boot Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion?

I want to try out the new version of OS X (Mountain Lion), but since I'm so comfortable with my current installation of Lion, I do not want to do a normal upgrade and install/customize all my programs ...
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Upgrade to mountain lion from dual-boot ubuntu configuration

I have a Lion installation dual-booted with Ubuntu using refit. Upon trying to upgrade to Mountain Lion, I reboot into the mountain lion installer, and get a message about OS X not being able to be ...
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Data Storage Using Dual-Boot System

It's probably not pertinent, but I'm a Mac user since the 1980's. I freely confess that as a middle-aged dog I find it increasingly harder to keep up with the latest and greatest in available Apple ...
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After getting a Mac, how to install Lion again on another partition?

After getting a Mac with Lion and creating a partition to install Lion again (to have different versions of Xcode and Xcode beta on different partitions), how can Lion be installed on the new ...
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Can one Mac boot up to several OS X installation?

Since there will be iOS 6 / Xcode 4.5 Beta or Preview and Mountain Lion Beta or Preview, I wonder if using an iMac with 1TB of hard drive, can it be partitioned using its Disk Utility into 4 or 5 ...
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How to find the Lion installation image on the iMac?

I recently bought Lion for $29.99 for my iMac on the App Store, and now want to burn a disc so that I can make another white Macbook that has Snow Leopard dual boot to Lion as well (Apple allows ...
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Dual boot versus VM storage use?

Which requires the least total storage to run Windows 7, configuring an MBA for dual-boot with Bootcamp, or using a VM (Parallels, VMWare, VirtualBox)? For the smallest solution, how many free GB ...
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gptsync showing blank GPT and MBR partition table

background I have Lion 10.7 and Windows 7 64 bit (Boot Camp) installed on my Mac Mini. They both boot fine. But when I tried to run Windows 7 from Parallel using existing Boot Camp, I encountered ...
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How to force Startup Manager menu to appear at every boot?

Is there any way to force the Startup Manager menu to appear on every boot? Rather than me having to remember to hold down Alt if I want a different OS.
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Smart “Applications” folder

How to create a "smart" Applications folder that unifies the content of other three folders? In my machine I have three versions of OS X installed (for testing purposes) in different partitions, each ...
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Upgrade dual booted MacBook Pro to Lion from Snow Leopard/Ubuntu

I have a MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard and Ubuntu on separate partitions. I use rEfit to choose which operating system I want to boot into. I would like to upgrade to Lion, but I'm concerned this ...
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Boot into Mac from Windows after failed Bootcamp

Don't hate on me too much for this one... I put Win8 on my Mac Mini using Bootcamp, and all was well. I switched back and forth a couple times between the two with no problems. The problem started ...
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Assisting Boot Camp Assistant

I decided to "give a hand" to Boot Camp and partition my drive, setting aside a FAT32 partition for installing windows (through Boot Camp) in the future. Can one do this or does Boot Camp Assistant ...
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Used boot camp for windows - cannot select partition at boot up

I'm used boot camp and created a partition for windows. It gave the usual directions to insert windows CD. I did that and follows the installation instructions. When windows started up I inserted the ...
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Triple boot (Lion, Win7, Ubuntu)

I currently have my MacBook Pro set up to dual boot OS X Lion and Windows 7. I am in the middle of a development project where I need to write some custom software that depends on proprietary drivers ...
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How can I install both Snow Leopard and Lion on the same machine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I dual boot Snow Leopard and Lion? I want to install two operating systems in the same mac pro. Is it possible to install snowLeopard & Lion on the same macPro ...
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Is it possible to repartition hard drive from which Mac OS X boots?

I have the following problem. I wanted to have dual boot to Ubuntu, so I've created 3 additional partitions using BootCamp (I probably created freespace with Bootcamp and then used Ubuntu installer to ...