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In terminal, you can use diskutil to get information about the drive, including the device block size: $ diskutil info / | grep "Block Size" Device Block Size: 512 Bytes


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The best way is to boot into your current OS X install, and download the Mountain Lion installer from the Mac App Store. When the installer asks which drive to install to, select your second partition. Internet Recovery is different to the Recovery HD partition. Generally… As long as you have a valid Recovery HD partition, trying to boot into ...


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take a full backup to an external usb drive using a tool like Superduper or CarbonCopyCloner and boot it to make sure it's good (select disk using "Startup Disk" in System Preferences.) You need a good backup before messing with the partitions. Using Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app) select your internal drive in the left-hand column ...


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According to the store pages, it looks like all the retina models have 8GB memory, with option for more, and as such you should choose the 64-bit version to make sure you can take advantage of all that memory in Windows. A 32-bit Windows installation would only be able to use 2GB/3GB of the available memory.


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First, note that Device Block Size is different from the block size in use by the filesystem. The former value as reported by diskutil refers to the raw block size used by the hardware. I haven't found an easy way to check the latter value by the command line, but you can just create a zero-byte file then do Get Info from the Finder. It will say 0 bytes, but ...


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I'm not sure this is possible by default without holding down the ⌥ key at startup. You can make the Boot Camp partition always boot by selecting it in System Preferences → Startup Disk, but it sounds like this isn't what you want. However, if you're not adverse to installing additional software, I think rEFIt may do what you need. The section on Getting ...


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Any system can contain embedded an hardware keylogger or trapdoor. Most of them do contain the last one. But a keylogger isn't as easy a task to integrate in a completly undetectable way. A keylogger will have to log. Here is the weak point where you will be able to detect it. Whichever is the way to log a keylogger will use, you will see something grow ...


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From Ubuntu: This is due to a bug (of sorts) in the package used to create the Ubuntu ISOs Since 11.10, Ubuntu ISOs have been "hybrid", meaning that the ISO can also be written bit-for-bit to a USB device to make it a working Live-USB, without having to use StartUp Disk Creator, UNetBootin, etc. Note that this "hybrid" is different from the OS X/Disk ...


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Using a virtual disk in VMware you can avoid dedicating space to Windows 7 that is just free space, unlike a dual-boot where you'd have to allocate a partition that has all the free space you will ever need. (Probably true with other VM solutions, but I don't know.) While a VMware virtual disk does not auto-shrink, it starts out small (on the host disk) ...


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Macs use the EFI Firmware (BIOS for Windows). You need to download a special Mac ISO that allows to boot on both BIOS and EFI Systems. For Ubuntu 11.10 you can download the specific Mac image here: 64-bit Mac (AMD64) desktop CD By experience I know that the following distros allow to boot on EFI systems using the "standard" ISO: Debian, Fedora, Linux ...


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If you have a MacBook Air you can "right-click" by placing two fingers on your trackpad and clicking with one of them. Of course this work when you are using OS X. You can configure this option (if it isn't already configured) by going to Settings > Trackpad > Secondary click If you are using Windows with Boot Camp instead, you should install the ...


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In order to use the drive for both purposes, you would need to partition it into two. In my breakdown below, partition 1 is for moving data and partition 2 is for Time Machine, but this can be swapped around if you prefer. I would recommend formatting the partition on which you access data on in ExFAT. It is newer than FAT and does not have the 4GB file ...


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The OS X device block size can be determined by executing the following command from a Terminal window prompt: diskutil info / | grep "Block Size" Which will output the following information: Device Block Size: 512 Bytes The file system block size can be determined by using the stat utility: stat -f %k . Which will show you the Optimal file system ...


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When you buy Lion from the App Store, it downloads an application named Install Mac OS X Lion to your Applications folder. InstallESD.dmg is hidden inside this application. Since it's hidden, a Spotlight search normally won't show it; you need to find the installer application, right-click on it, choose Show Package Contents, and then navigate to the image ...


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I'm not sure how likely it is that drivers tampered with the EFI. That said, you have a few options. You could try installing reFIT. This should bring up a boot menu regardless of your holding the Option key. You can find it here. You could try resetting the System Management Controller. I don't know so much about it to veritably say that this is ...


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With the older HFS file system, Apple's second attempt at a file system for the Macintosh, there could only be up to 65,535 allocation blocks on a disk. The block size was a function of the disk size in bytes divided by the maximum number of allocation blocks, 65,535. For small disks this was fine, but when disk sizes started to approach 1GB in size the ...


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Both the paid virtualization apps, VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop for Mac, allow you to boot the Windows partition from within OS X. You could also do this manually with the free Virtualbox solution, but it's a bit tedious and I'm not sure if it works reliably. For instructions on VMWare Fusion and Parallels, see the below, respectively: Launching your ...


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You can use BootChamp to quickly restart in Windows from OS X. To restart in OS X from Windows see OS X Lion - Start up using Mac OS X or Windows: Restart directly in Mac OS X from Windows: Click the Boot Camp icon in the system tray and choose “Restart in Mac OS X.” A more tedious way is to set the startup disk to the other OS every time and ...


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Installing rEFInd and following the included instructions does work for me using OS X 10.8 with FileVault2 and Debian GNU/Linux using grub-efi. In short: Use a protective MBR and install rEFInd to the efi system partition (esp) (use rEFInd's install.sh --esp). Rename the refind folder on the esp to BOOT and rename the efi file aswell to allow faster loading ...


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This is getting increasingly harder over time. Instead of creating a bootable Linux partition, I find it much easier to simply install virtualBox and create a Linux virtual machine instead.


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Hold ⌥ on boot and select your OS X partition. This changes your boot partition once for that time you boot. If you want to change it permanently, boot to OS X, open System Preferences → Startup Disk and select your OS X partition, or boot to Windows, open the Boot Camp Control Panel and select the OS X partition as the boot partition. Then, you will need ...


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I would update them both and I don't think you need to do one before the other. I have not had any problems updating one before the other and I manage large networks of Macs.


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First solution: In order to boot a Linux-Partition, download and install rEFIt: http://refit.sourceforge.net/ You should sync the partition tables afterwards. Second solution: Hold ⌥ while booting. Then choose Macintosh HD or Windows (=Linux in your case)


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Boot from the external drive and then eject the internal drive (use Disk Utility or right-click and eject the drive via Finder). The Mac App Store will no longer see the internal drive when evaluating what apps have been purchased and are installed on the external drive.


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I found a thread related to Display Drivers in Windows that stops the 3.2 and 3.3 Updates from installing correctly. The core point is that if there are other display drivers showing in device manager other than the default display adapter (users reported issues and resolution after removing VNC or LogMeIn Mirror display adapters). The original discussion ...


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From the Boot Camp FAQ: Boot Camp Assistant works only with an Intel-based Mac that has a single hard disk partition Boot Camp won't work with your multiple partitions, unless the partitioning was done by Boot Camp itself. You'll probably need to undo the partition to use Boot Camp, or use one of the many ways discussed online for installing Windows ...


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You can access the partition folders from /Volumes (as mentioned below). To create the folder, you can do so by creating an Automator Folder Action such as this one: Create a new Automator Folder Action and set the path to the Applications folder of the Volume. Then, drag the "Get Folder Contents" action in, and check "Repeat for each subfolder found." ...


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You don't without modifying things on a low level or adding custom software like the awesome Boot Runner. When a mac can't find the first viable image to boot, it's programmed to get the prohibitory icon - not the boot picker. Intel Macs have the following basic behavior at boot time when the chime indicates a successful POST. This is the hardware ...


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Turn off the mac, then when it is starting up again, hold the option key. This will bring up a menu that will allow to easily select which operating system to boot into. After booting into OSX, you can go to Apple Menu -> System Preferences -> Startup Disk (Under System section) and change which OS to boot into by default.


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According to a blog post, I got refit to work with my filevault 2 encrypted macbook: Download rEFIt ( version 0.14 at this time ) on the official rEFIt website Open the .dmg file, but don’t run the bundled installer In the following steps, we’re going to mount the hidden EFI partition, copy and activate rEFIt: $ sudo mkdir -p /efi $ ...



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