Questions tagged [dual-boot]

Refers to booting more than one operating system on one computer and not using virtualization or containers.

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Repair MBR or GPT Table from recovery as both OSs fail to boot

On my Mac Mini 2014 I tried to repair GPT table (MBR.. ?) with an answer given on Trying to rebuild my partition map (using GPT fdisk, SIP disabled) for my issue of Windows 10 not booting itself but ...
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Shell script to reboot from different volume

I have two installations of OSX (both Ventura) on my machine on two separate APFS volumes. I need to often switch between the two machines. I am only aware of the option to press and hold the power ...
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Install Windows 10 on MacBook Pro early 2011 with faulty AMD video card

I have a MacBook Pro early 2011 which suffers the well known problem with the AMD discrete graphic card. There were artifacts on the screen, therefore I decided to disable it by entering some commands ...
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noauto mount not working for NVME Windows drive but working for SATA storage drive

I'm having issue on Ventura 13.2.1 dual boot, that I've never had before. I'm trying to prevent my Windows OS drive from mounting. The tried and true method is not working for my Windows OS NVME drive ...
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Is it possible to dual-boot SteamOS with Asahi Linux’s UEFI environment on an M1 Mac?

I was thinking about how Asahi Linux is based off of Arch, and how SteamOS is also based off of Arch (at least the Steam Deck version), and thought maybe I could install the Asahi Linux UEFI ...
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Why does Asahi Linux require disabling security features to be installed?

When I install a second instance of MacOS (say I am experimenting with a beta or something), I just create a new APFS partition and install MacOS in that partition. The MacBook bootloader seems to ...
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Adding an ISO image to an APFS volume and booting it

I know there is tons of information on this and similar questions on this site, but I have been at this for a couple hours and could use some confirmation of a few specific details. I just want to ...
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How to install linux on a external hdd connected to iMac

How to install linux on an external HDD which is a 5TB Seagate OneTouch HDD and is connected with iMac through a USB 3 cable? I am new to Linux, at the moment I consider to try Linux Mint. And I want ...
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Unbootable old dualboot Macbook Pro

Half a year ago, I got an old Macbook Pro from my dad. I had set up dual boot with Debian. I haven't used the laptop for several months. Now suddenly it didn't want to boot the Debian partition, so I ...
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How to create two macOS Installations on one iMac, securely separated from each other by using FileVault?

The requirement in a no-budget project is as follows: an existing iMac, which is used by one developer for most of the time, has to be used by a second developer from time to time; so both developers ...
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Need Boot Manager at startup every time. (old question, new problem)

I need the boot manager at startup every time. I have a 2014 mini with 2 bootable partitions. Yosemite on one and Catalina on the other. Obviously, need to run legacy software. When running Yosemite, ...
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How can I boot Ubuntu cleanly on my MacBook 8,2 2011 with broken AMD GPU?

I know there are other threads about this but when I try to follow the instructions, I just end up with a black screen. I have a 2011 15" MacBook Pro with the defective AMD GPU. I have Mac OS ...
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MacBook Air M1 dual boot from external SSD

I have a MacBook Air M1 512 Gb and I want to be able to use Linux (Asahi), since it's necessary for my university. However, I don't want to use internal space and I thought that I could maybe use an ...
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Dual boot MacBook Pro 14.1 w/ Mojave/Ubuntu 22.04 won't set permanently macOS as default boot option after each Ubuntu session

I just installed Ubuntu 22.04 on a partition. I'd like macOS 10.14.6 to be the default system to boot and having the possibility to choose Ubuntu only if I hold option key to get into the Mac startup ...
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Startup key combinations don't work after disk swap, cannot boot into live installation media

I recently replaced my old iMac's HDD with an SSD. The SSD had a Linux distribution installed in it, but I didn't bother formatting it because I knew it would be formatted during OS installation. I ...
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rEFInd bootloader doesn't launch on start

I installed rEFInd bootloader from Sourceforge, and run the install script. Everything seems to be successful. The install output is ShimSource is none Installing rEFInd on macOS.... Executing: /usr/...
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How to restore the windows partition with the dmg backup made in Disk Utility

Hardware: Mac Mini 2014 OS: macOS Mojave (10.14.6) I created a DMG for bootcamp partition before upgrading my Mac mini 2014 with a SSD. This DMG was created using Disk Utility(I tried other tools like ...
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Dual boot MacBook showing flashing folder with question mark at startup

The MacBook is running Catalina and Xbuntu. I resized a partition to install Linux (Xbuntu) and for a week it’s been working exactly as I had hoped - by default it boots up Linux and if I hold down ...
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Is it possible to dual boot MacOS alongside another MacOS on Apple Silicon Macs? (Work and play)

Due to requirements from our secops team, the only way I'm allowed to use my laptop for non work purposes (gaming, personal projects, etc) is if I'm able to install a separate MacOS install alongside ...
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2020 MacBook Air, no mouse or trackpad control when dual booting Linux

I've recently tried to dual boot macOS Monterey and Linux onto my Mac, but it's not going too well. I've tried different types of Linux (Mint and Ubuntu all the newest versions) and have created the ...
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I installed Xubuntu without installing rEFind. Is it safe to remove the linux partition at this point?

This is continuation from my previous question "I removed the rEFInd and rEFIt boot managers and now I've lost Windows Bootcamp from the Mac Startup Manager", where I now can boot Windows ...
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Fixing mac bootcamp boot to windows after formating a disk

I have an old iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011) and I wanted to give it a new life with a new SSD. I've installed both Mac & Windows on the SSD and life was good. Then I decided to format the old HDD to ...
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I removed the rEFInd and rEFIt boot managers and now I've lost Windows Bootcamp from the Mac Startup Manager

I installed rEFInd boot manager because I wanted to add a linux partition. I already had bootcamp set up. However, after installing rEFInd, my Mac UI scaling was too large and slightly blurred. I have ...
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Bootcamp : Can’t install the software because it is not currently available from the Software Update server [duplicate]

I'm trying to install windows 11 on my 2019 macbook pro with MacOs 12.3.1. However when execute bootcamp, after the selection of the iso it is stuck with this error message : Can’t install the ...
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Use MacOS Update file for installation on other volume/partition

I have a M1 dual boot configuration with two installations of MacOS in separate APFS volumes. I recently updated one of them to Monterey. When I boot into the other system running Mojave, it also ...
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Why can I open applications that I installed on an other partition?

I just installed a new Monterey System on my USB-drive and booted from it. Then I noticed that I can open Applications, that I installed on my main System! I know that during the installation of ...
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Getting two Windows boot options after installing the OS on BootCamp

I installed Windows 10 on my 2017 MacBook Pro (Intel-based) through BootCamp and this is what I get at the boot menu after restarting my device: Two Windows boot icons. The first one starts Windows. ...
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Installing macOS on an external SSD fails (m1)

When trying to install MacOS on an external SSD, the internal SSD is always booted when restarting. When I select the external SSD in the bootloader, it only shows that the installation is corrupt. In ...
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Missing Boot Options MacOS High Sierra

I have previously 3 OS installed on my MBP 2010 13”, MacOS High Sierra, Windows 10 and Linux (Peppermint OS). So I decided to change my linux to ZorinOS and trying to flash it. However, I think the ...
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Install custom Windows 10 iso via Boot Camp

I am running a non-retina 15' 2012 Macbook Pro with Mojave 1.14.4. I had some apps for work that I can only run on Windows but I am not willing to download the full Windows 10 with all the bloatwares ...
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Always start the Mac to Startup Manager without having to press and hold the Option key

I frequently switch between mac OS and Bootcamp. So I was wondering if there is an option to not have a preferred Startup Disk and always start to the Startup Manager, like you would get when pressing ...
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Time machine backup of dual-boot (different Mac versions) computer to the same target

On my iMac I have a dual boot setup with currently Big Sur and Mojave (for those 32 bit apps that probably never will be updated and that I can't really live without.) I also have a 3rd partition with ...
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how handle home folders with dual-boot (Catalina and BigSur)?

I am happily running Catalina (on a Macbook Air 2017) and am tempted to upgrade to BigSur, but I'm a little leery of breaking apps, particularly Arduino IDE (which appears problematic, from the little ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu - macOS Issue

I installed Ubuntu in dual boot on my Mac without using rEFInd. Initially everything worked fine, I could access both systems. Later, in an attempt to remove Ubuntu, I deleted a partition I had ...
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Cannot Boot From Anything Other Than MacOS [duplicate]

I wanted to install Linux on my Mac. I made USB installers (with Rufus from my PC and Etcher) but when I boot from it, it shows an error: The version of macOS on the selected disk needs to be ...
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Missing Bootcamp partition

I use to have a Bootcamp partition, which was about 100Gb, but it has disappeared from the boot options and I am not sure if it still exists on my HD. I am looking to sell this iMac, so I was going to ...
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My Ubuntu dual boot Mac is not recognizing my trackpad, mouse or Wi-Fi

I dual-booted my Mac laptop with Ubuntu. This worked (after a lot of trying), but it will not recognize the trackpad, keyboard, or Internet. Under the Bluetooth section, it says "No Bluetooth ...
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Macbook Air Can Not Start After Trying to Remove Ubuntu

I was trying to remove Ubuntu (dual boot) from my 2017 Macbook Air. Now my computer can not start successfully in either macOS or Linux. When I restart it, it now opens refind, then gnu rnu in both ...
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Unable To Partition Internal SSD, Trying To Dual Boot with Linux

I am running macOS Big Sur 11.5.2 and I am trying to partition my internal hard drive so I can Dual-Boot PopOS, which is a linux distro. However, I am having problems with partitioning my internal ssd....
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2011 MBP , installed Ubuntu, erased partition, boot failures [duplicate]

Result of internet recovery mode boot, attempt to remove disk0 and add. Permission denied : Result of sudo dd if=/dev/disk0s2 skip=64 count=3 bs=16 | hexdump -Cv and sudo dd if=/dev/disk0s2 skip=4 ...
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Keyboard and Trackpad Only working in Boot Device Selection and MacOS

The keyboard and trackpad for my Mac Book Pro 13" Retina Early 2015 (MacBookPro13,1) will only work in boot device selection (Holding down option on boot), MacOS (Running 10.14.6), Recovery, and ...
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Partitioning Mac Catalina SSD drive in order to dual boot Ubuntu

I'm trying to partition my Mac Catalina hard drive in order to dual boot Ubuntu. Everything is set up for the install except the partition. All the guides that I read say to partition the internal ssd ...
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Dual boot mac with ubuntu boots from refind into grub instead of ubuntu

Here is what I have done so far: I wanted to dual-boot my mac with ubuntu. I did this following the classic guides, except instead of clicking on the installer I opened it with the command "...
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Dual boot Yosemite and Big Sur (HFS, APFS and other potential challenges)

I'd like to use a clean install of the latest Big Sur (11.4 or 11.5) on a machine that currently has Yosemite installed. I'd like to keep using Yosemite due to some legacy apps/licenses. Ideally I'd ...
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imac will not boot from installer usb drive or go into recovery mode

I have a 2014 27" imac which keeps crashing with kernel panics, or stops half way on loading bar and restarts. It is Running Catalina with a fusion drive setup. I have tried recovery comm + R but ...
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Issues with dual-booting High Sierra and Big Sur?

I'm currently dual-booting High Sierra (HS) and Catalina on a 2014 MacBook Pro without issues. HS is my primary OS; I use Catalina for programs that will no longer run on HS (e.g., Turbo Tax). I'm ...
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I can't add/resize a partition with more than 36 GB - there is plenty of free space

I wish to install Linux and shrink my existing volumes + add a new partition with 600 GB for Linux. diskutil list /dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: TYPE NAME ...
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Can you only partition a hard drive once?

I am trying to create two partitions on my fairly old macbook air (2015 macbook air running Yosemite 10.10.5) My goal is to be able to dual boot ubuntu and from what I've seen i need to partition part ...
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Resizing A Macbook Pro Partition

I am trying to dual boot with linux on my 2012 MacBook Pro running MacOs High Sierra. Whenever I try to add a partition for my linux system, It says this: "A problem occurred; undoing Logical ...
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Two Bootcamp installations: first one on Internal HDD and second one on external Thunderbolt 2 SSD

after following this detailed guide I've stuck at point 5. which did not make my external 5TB HDD to boot, no "Install Windows" nor "Windows" shows in boot selection menu: bless --...

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