Hey guys I need to install ubuntu on my Macbook but I have not got the ideas how to separate hdd disk in right order (size and disk formats and of course utilities). At now MacOS 's installed correct. My final goal - installed correct two OS with multi-boot (mac is primary one) Please give some correct steps how must i do it. Many thanks
- Create an empty partition with Disk Utility under OS X, shrinking the existing OS X partition. It shouldn't destroy data, but make a backup (just in case).
- Boot Ubuntu using Live CD or Live USB.
- Run the installer, and choose to manually select the partitions. Choose the empty partition as the root mount point (
/) and make sure Ubuntu doesn't touch any other partition. The installer should format the partition as ext4 or ext3. Make Ubuntu install the GRUB bootloader (just leave the default settings).
- You'll need an EFI boot loader. rEFIt is no longer mantained; rEFInd did a good work with my installation. You can install it from OS X very easily.
It's a bit complex but the essential steps are:
- You'll need install the refit boot-manager (in order to sync between the Mac EFI and Ubuntu MBR partition table)
- Then in diskutil shrink your current (or any partition) to make room for ubuntu
- Install Ubuntu
- Reboot and use Refit to fix the partition table
There are more steps (like drivers and stuff), the above is just the essential rundown. Details are in this article.