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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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

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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What is nvme0n2 on MacBookPro13,1?

While trying to install (dual-boot) Pop!_OS 20.10 I found /dev/nvme0n2 of size 8KiB on my MacBookPro13,1 which made the live-installer of PopOS crash just before loading the partitioning page and the ...
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How can I fix or back up a system after I use gparted to resize my drive and the system will not start?

I created an EFI to run Ubuntu on my mac it was working well but I didn't have enough space so I created a another partition in disk utility and then went to gparted and turned the new partition to un-...
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Why do I have a "HD" in my bootcamp screen and not macOS or similar

I have a MacBook 12 with Big Sur. I have also a Bootcamp installation with Microsoft Windows 10. When I open the bootmenu I have the following screen: I don’t know why this label HD shows instead of ...
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Messed Up APFS/Bootcamp Partition Table

I messed up my partition table after trying to get Windows 7 Boot Camp installation bootable after being unbootable using option/alt on start up. Back Story At some point a few months ago, I had ...
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What's the best way to replace MacOS with Windows & Linux Dual boot?

I have had it with macOS. I use a 2014 MacBook Air. To use some apps I need, I had to upgrade to the newest macOS, but this slowed the computer down like crazy. Otherwise, I stay with an older version ...
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Mac boot menu not showing recently installed Linux OS

I installed GNU/Linux Kali on my Early-2015 MacBook Pro (Mojave) by following the instructions on the Kali official website for dual boot. Linux runs fine but it boots by default. When I went to ...
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Boot from external drive using rEFInd only if external drive is connected

I'm trying to use an external drive to contain a Windows install and a Big Sur install, but I'm having trouble configuring the boot options on a MacBook Pro 2018. I partitioned the external drive to ...
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Performance effect of dual-booting with APFS partitions

I have a 2013 iMac with a fixed disk, not an ssd. For unrelated reasons, I dual-boot it with two separate copies of macOS Catalina that share space in the same APFS container. Without knowing much ...
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What are the main technical obstacles to running macOS on iPads in the near future?

Since the new Macs have ARM chips, there is now access a build of macOS that technically could run on a device like, say, the iPad Pro? The architecture should be pretty much the same, I guess? ...
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Is it true that we could dual boot Mojave and Catalina, in the same APFS partition, and they don't have to have fixed sizes?

Is it true that if we dual boot Mojave and Catalina, or if we dual boot Catalina and Big Sur, we can go the traditional way of creating two APFS partitions, and each partition is one container and in ...
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Linux kernel hangs when attempting to dual boot Elementary OS on 2018 Mac

I am attempting to dual boot Elementary OS from a live USB on my 2018 Catalina MacBook Pro. After shutting down my Mac, I plug in the USB drive and start up the computer, while holding down the option ...
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Dual Boot Catalina and Pop!-OS with Data-Sharing Partition

I want to dual boot both an up-to-date version of macOS and an up-to-date version of Pop!-OS on my MacBook Pro 2016 without T2 chip. I am currently running macOS Catalina. Can somebody comment on the ...
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Triple boot Catalina 10.15.7, windows 10 (not bootcamp but NTFS), Ubuntu 20.10

I am using a 1 TB SSD with a macbook pro 2012 initially split into 2 x 500g: Catalina and Windows 10 NTFS (NON bootcamp partition). To install Ubuntu, I had to use the Catalina partition because the ...
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Remove GRUB from macOS Catalina

So I installed Ubuntu on an external disk via my MacBook Pro 2016 with a USB flash. Now whenever I try installing another Linux distro such as Pop_OS I see the GRUB loader complaining about a bunch of ...
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How to prevent the battery capacity degrading using a PowerBook G4 with Ubuntu 16.04?

I have a 2005 PowerBook G4 which I dual-boot Mac OSX 10.5.8 and Ubuntu 16.04 XFCE. The 'book runs both OSs quite well but I have noticed that using Ubuntu has the effect of reducing the battery ...
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Merge missing disk partition on a Macbook

I tried to install a Linux distro on a partition in my macbook, but it didn't go well so i want that partition to merge it to my main partition of the OS, but in the disk utility doesn't appear. If i ...
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rEFInd installation won't boot due to T2 security, despite T2 security being disabled

I've been trying to install rEFInd with --ownhfs on my Macbook Air 2019, but booting into it results in Recovery Mode starting with the message A software update is required to use this Startup Disk. ...
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How to dual boot Ubuntu and macOS without rEFInd?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu on my MacBook Air 2019 with Catalina 10.15.6. However, my MacBook has the secure boot feature which doesn't allow rEFInd to work at all and I'm not feeling comfortable to ...
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Dual boot Mac with Ubuntu using rEFInd - removed Ubuntu by deleting partition and now Mac won’t boot

I had installed Ubuntu on Mac with rEFInd dual boot. I was able to use it until I thought to remove the Ubuntu. I deleted the Ubuntu Partition from drive, and then thought it will just remove Ubuntu ...
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