Questions tagged [dual-boot]

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

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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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Boot problem on dual-boot MacBook Pro

Can anyone help me restore the original boot 'order' on my Mac, using command-line? I wanted to install Ubuntu on my Macbook Pro Retina (early 2013), so I could run some specific software I needed ...
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Dual boot Kali with Mac

I want to dual my Macbook with Mavericks 10.9.4 and Kali 1.0.8. I have downloaded the Kali .iso and "burnt" it to a USB stick using the dd command from in Terminal. I have partitioned my hard drive ...
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How to install Windows 10 additionally to OS X and Ubuntu (triple-boot)?

I have installed Ubuntu separately from OS X. rEFInd is already installed. Now I need to install Windows 10. I've created a separate partition for this in OS X. If I try to install Windows from USB, ...
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How do to hibernate OS X in order to reboot to Windows 10

I have Yosemite and Windows 10 installed on my Macbook Pro 2015. On Windows 10 I can hibernate. Then press the power button and hold down ALT key to boot from OS X. However, I can't do the same thing ...
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Unable to Boot MacBook using any means after attempted Fedora Install

Wondering if anyone has any last ditch efforts I can try here to salvage my macbook! I recently attempted to install fedora to dual boot on my Late 2011 Macbook Pro, the install crashed, the ...
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Is running Linux through a VM as fast as running it natively on MacBook?

I am trying to decide whether I should run Linux natively or through a VM on MacBook 7,2? How much performance difference would I observe? Is it worth installing Linux natively or is running it ...
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How to make a bootable Yosemite Drive under El Captain (not installation drive)

I have installed El Captain on my MacBook Pro and I want to make a bootable Yosemite Drive. Could anyone help me with that?
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Run multiple instances of El Capitan on a single Apple laptop?

Is it possible to simultaneously run two instances of El Capitan on a single Apple laptop? Assume that I'm willing to purchase the best MacBook available as of November 2015, with the largest ...
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Attempting to fresh install Ubuntu dual boot rEFInd does not recognize live boot

Attempted to do a fresh install of Ubuntu by following the procedure found here: Clean install Ubuntu on a dual boot with Windows I assumed that the fact that it was for Vista instead of OS X was ...
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Startup disks are disabled after upgrading to OS X El Capitan

Recently I upgraded my Mac mini to OS X El Capitan. After the upgrade completed, I can't select a startup disk in System Preferences -> Startup Disk. BOOTCAMP/Windows is disabled here. Searching for ...
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How do I get drivers for Windows 10 x64 installed on my Mac?

I've just installed windows 10 x64 on my mac, a partition that I made with Disk Utility. I was going to use BootCamp however the way BootCamp formatted the partition in El Capitan didn't allow Windows ...
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Read-only HFS+ on Windows 10 with boot camp driver question

I've been searching around on the internet for a while trying to answer this question, but I can't get a clear answer for it. Background info: I'm running El Capitan with a Windows 10 partition on my ...
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Install rEFInd on separate partition (Errors)

I am trying to install rEFInd a separate partition but have run into an error. I'm doing this because I want to install Ubuntu on my other partition (separate from my Mac and and rEFInd partition). ...
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How to add addional HFS+ partitions after installing Windows with Bootcamp

The goal is to create a few extra HFS+ partitions after running the Bootcamp utility while not breaking Bootcamp's boot-ability. I am Running OS X El Capitain, and I only have a single disk drive to ...
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How to create a shortcut/alias for the “NTFS for Mac” preference?

I have a bootcamp Windows installed on my RMBP, and I used to use the "Startup Disk" preference to boot into windows. By click and drag the "StartupDisk.prefPane" from /System/Library/PreferencePanes/ ...
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Dual-booting a Linux distribution on a Mac with Fusion Drive

I'd like to install a Linux distribution alongside OS X on my 2014 5k iMac with a 3TB Fusion Drive (128GB SSD + 3TB HDD). Most guides about dual-booting Linux I've found focus on regular partitioning,...
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rEFInd - normal OSX not showing, just Recovery HD

I just installed rEFInd (to dualboot ubuntu) and all is working well so far, with a small exception: In the boot interface the normal OSX (Yosemite) is not there, it´s just showing the Recovery HD. ...
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Disk Utility hangs prior to resizing partition

When trying to shrink the size of a partition, the period before the actual resizing happens (where Disk Utility says "Preparing to partition disk") hangs forever. I dug into Console to see what was ...
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Kali Linux auto boot

I have just installed Kali Linux in a separate partition of an iMac with wireless keyboard and mouse and with rEFInd. When I turn on the Mac it boots into Kali Linux automatically and doesn't ...
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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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Mac OS install drive not being recognized by computer

I recently installed Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) onto an external USB drive. It has been working fine for the past few days. When I need to switch OS installs, I shut down the computer and then pull out ...
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Bootcamp Windows 8.1

I recently purchased a Macbook Pro and I'd like to run Windows 8.1. I purchased Windows 8.1 online and got a downloadable version. I now tried to run the bootcamp assistant and was asked to insert a ...
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Can I get bootcamp to use existing free space on physical disk?

When I installed my Macbook Pro, I had a 1Tb drive. When I formatted and partitioned the drive, I assigned 800Gb for OSX and left 200Gb free. I intended the free 200Gb to hold a Windows installation ...
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How to boot Linux from Mac using rEFInd

I have successfully installed rEFInd on my MacBook Pro 2015 so I can boot into Linux however I cannot seem to boot into it. Here are my issues (both with Ubuntu 64x Mac CD and Kali Linux 64x USB). ...
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I want to backup my Mac partition, including the OS, so that I can use the backup to restore my hard drive to its current state

I want to dual-boot Ubuntu (14.04) of my Mac running OS X 10.10.3. I want to make sure that I can use my backup to fix any issues I might have dual-booting. I have a bootable USB with Ubuntu on it, ...
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Installing windows on Mac won't recognize USB [duplicate]

I am trying to install windows as a boot camp partition on my main hard drive ssd (after spending countless hours trying to get it installed on the optical bay hard drive). I assumed this would be ...
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Does Apple's EFI patch Thunderbolt devices to Windows 10?

So, I've been rattling with myself about this for a bit. I've followed 5SH-2a's guide of EFI Bootcamp to no avail. I decided to try it on my own, by mapping an NTFS Partition on my hard drive to a ...
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Install Mavericks on second partition in Yosemite-only system?

I have a 2012 MacBook Pro (so yes it's capable of Mavericks). I have only Yosemite currently installed on the drive. I have an app I need to run that does not seem to properly support Yosemite, so I ...
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Mavericks and Yosemite on macbook pro

My Macbook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) came preinstalled with Mavericks. Can I have Yosemite safely installed next to it on the same machine? If so, how?
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Partition SSD in Yosemite for Dual-Booting Ubuntu

I've just bought a new Macbook Air (running Yosemite) and I am trying to create a partition from my Macintosh HD SSD for dual-booting Ubuntu. However when I try to create a partition in Disk Utilities,...
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How to set up a dual-boot (OS X and Windows 7/8) environment in a Mac OS X Virtual Machine?

Anyone found a way to set up a dual-boot environment (preferably Mac OS X 10.9 and Windows 7) in a Mac OS X VM using a type-2 hypervisor like Parallels or VMware Fusion with Boot Camp Assistant? ...
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How to install Mountain Lion on USB disk and boot from USB

I have MacBook Pro from late 2011 era which I recently upgraded to Yosemite from Mountain Lion. But unfortunately I need some application that only worked on Mountain Lion and I cannot restore back to ...
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How can I repair partition map after attempting to dual boot screwed it up?

I tried installing Kali Linux in a separate partition on my MacBook, but after installation was completed, I was unable to boot back into Mac OS (displays a prohibited sign). I think everything went ...
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OS X takes long to boot after starting rEFInd once

I have an SSD in my MacBook (Pro 9,2; encrypted), and until recently, the apple icon appeared almost immediately after pressing the power button. Soon after that I would be able to unlock the disk ...
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Option key boot selector suddenly failing

I have an early 2008 Mac Pro (12 GB, several hard disks). On OS X I run Yosemtite, On Bootcamp, Windows 7. All works fine. Yesterday I installed a "new" Radeon 5770 to replace the aged (and very ...
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Gray screen immediately upon boot. Cannot enter into safe mode, and cannot show boot loader with the Alt key.

How the problem came to be: I wanted to dual boot Debian on my MacBook Pro 8,1. I got my USB ready, downloaded ISO, and installed rEFInd. I restarted to make sure the new boot manager worked. It did....
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Is it possible to have multiple filevault2-activated partitions on one disk?

What I would like to have: A disk with the following systems on it: OS X 10.8 (FV2-encrypted) OS X 10.9 (FV2-encrypted) Windows 7 When I try to start FV2-encryption on my secondary partition, OS X ...
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How to boot linux from an external hard drive?

I am looking into booting the latest Ubuntu distro (14.04) from an external hard drive using my Macbook Air mid 2012 running Mavericks. I've looked around and couldn't find a link to any step-by-step ...
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Mac alternative boot loader for booting legacy OS from USB

I am trying to install Windows 7 on my MacBook as a dual boot setup. I have a MacBook 7,1 running Mavericks. I have replaced the DVD drive with a SSD (now have 2 internal drives) so cannot use a ...
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Triple Boot 2010 Macbook Pro with Dual Drive

I have a 2010 Macbook pro running Mavericks and Windows 7 on a 250gb SSD. I just removed the cd drive and installed my old 250 gb hard drive. So now I have two drives. I would like to make the hard ...
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How to fix a Windows partition after removing Bootcamp?

I have a 2009 MBP. For a long time I've had a Bootcamp partition on the hard drive, recently I bought a second SSD and installed it in the Optibay and installed Windows on it. As it was going well I ...
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How to bless a partition using a custom EFI-boot file with non-conforming directory structures and/or file names?

Is there a guide on how to bless a partition for booting, one that doesn't have the default /System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi structure? For example, I installed GRUB on the default EFI System ...
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If I mess up the EFI System Partition, will Mac OS X be unbootable?

I forgot to make a backup of my EFI System Partition (ESP) and have installed grub onto it. If I happen to accidentally mess up the partition, will OS X be bootable? If not, how would I restore the ...
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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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How do you install and use a Linux partition on Mavericks?

As a just-for-fun type of experiment, I was wanting to install Linux on an external drive that I own and boot it up on my 2007 iMac desktop. I know there are a plethora of guides out there on how to ...
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MacBook pro boot's to wrong OS after waking up from Safe Sleep

I am dual booting Ubuntu and OS X Mavericks on my MacBook pro 9,2. I am using the rEFInd boot manager, since I was told that I should use it to dual boot OS X and Linux (I could have used rEFIt, but ...
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upgrade a triple boot with 10.6.8 to 10.9 - potential problems?

I was hoping to find a consensus of people who knew about the complications of upgrading from 10.6.8 to 10.9. I see on the App Store that 240 gave 10.9 1 star while 489 gave it 5 stars - so that is ...
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How to restore the MBR partition table of MacBook Pro?

I am using a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.9.2. While trying to triple boot my mac, I updated my MBR partition tables using rEFIt. Things didn't go as planned and now I want to start afresh. How can 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?