Questions tagged [dual-boot]

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

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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?
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Installing a Windows partition on Mac HD - dual boot in short

My current HD in my MBP is partitioned into 4 and all of them uses the Journaled file system of OS X. I plan to wipe out one logical drive so that I can dedicate it to a Windows OS (version 7/8). I ...
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Can only boot to Windows 7, no OS

Back in late 2010, when I first got my MacBook Air, I followed the instructions at http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20020513-285/install-win-7-on-macbook-air-from-a-usb-drive/ to install Windows 7 ...
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BootChamp equivalent to go from Windows to Mac

I use BootChamp to restart into Windows directly from OS X. I was wondering if there is an equivalent piece of software to restart from Windows into Mac. This will be especially useful when using ...
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Any way to be sure, that Macs don't come with built-in hardware keyloggers?

What the title says. If this is the case, even if you choose to delete everything OS X related and put entirely Linux in your box; you'd still be screwed. Hardware keyloggers sit between the keyboard ...
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Late-2013 rMBP able to install & boot Win8 using EFI?

I've previously installed Win7 (and then upgraded to 8) via Bootcamp, but I've been looking around some forums recently regarding running Win8 natively. I now have the impression that the latest-gen ...
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Does Windows Server 2012 R2 work with Bootcamp on MacbookPro running Mavericks?

I am trying to figure out if I can run Windows Server 2012 R2 as a boot camp partition with Mavericks. What drivers should I use? Are there any issues?
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How can I tell OSX NOT to mount some of the drives in my computer?

I have a Mac with a Windows drive that I occasionally boot to. Most of the time, I'm using the Mac, and the Windows disk always mounts and shows up on the desktop. I would like to keep it from showing ...
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Is it possible to use FileVault 2 on a non-primary boot partition? (Dual-boot setup)

To be more specific yet still brief, I'm looking to use Filevault 2's entire partition encryption, for a partition other than my primary boot partition. Ideally, I want to have 2, or in the future, ...
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Shift key damaged how to disable it at boot?

I recently spilled water on my computers keyboard, and as a result the left shift key seems to be stuck in the on position. This means that the system always boots into safe boot unless I hold down ...
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Dual boot Linux and Lion on FileVault 2 disk

I have Mac OS X Lion installed on FileVault partition. On the same disk I've installed GNU/Linux. When I boot my MacBook I can only boot Lion. How to boot Linux? In case you need here is more ...
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Run a Windows Virtual Machine on Mac OS X 10.8 with a real Hard Drive partition

I have dual-boot setup on my MacBook using bootcamp. I have 2 partitions: 1 is Windows 7 and the other is Mac OS X 10.8. I have all of my stuff personal stuff setup for the Mac side. I have ...
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Remote dual boot, how to select OS to boot

I'm installing Bootcamp ( Win7 64bit if that matters ) on my Mac Mini, since you need to pick the OS to start up while booting, how can I do this remotely? Example: VNC into OSX, reboot the machine, ...
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Install Lion as second boot option on Mountain Lion machine

My Mac is currently running Mountain Lion. I want to install Lion as a dual boot option, for development testing. I have downloaded the Lion installer from the App store and I have a fresh partition ...
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What are these weird permissions? ==> d????????? ? ? ??

Since my Mac crashed and does not boot OS X at the moment, I am trying to recover some data from my user folder in OS X from within of Ubuntu. Usually I have no problem accessing the files. But not ...
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Boot Ubuntu 12 on Mac Mini with Lion OS

How can I boot Ubuntu-12.04 LTS on Mac Mini Lion Server (early 2011) with no CD reader?
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Accidentally deleted OS X partition

I was installing Windows 7 using bootcamp on my iMac machine and accidentally deleted the main OS X partition while doing that. So now I when I start the machine I see only an option to choose windows ...
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What is the simplest way to dual-boot linux?

I am looking for the most straightforward way (both in initial setup and in maintenance) to set up a second partition on an OS X machine for (either) Debian or Ubuntu. I won't be running any other ...
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Bad idea to boot Tiger?

Are there any possible ill consequences from booting my 2007 MacBook Pro (runs 10.8.3) into 10.4.11? According to Apple it's supported. I just want to run Diablo 2. I found an old backup of my ...
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dual boot Mountain Lion/Mountain Lion

I got a Macbook Pro with OS 10.8 installed on, the usual recovery partition that is created by the OS installer, and a 35GB partition (currently NTFS, but I can reformat in HFS+ if needed). My ...
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How to install Windows XP on mid-2012 MacBook Air Mountain Lion?

I have to install Windows XP on my mid-2012 Mountain Lion MacBook Air (base config: 4GB RAM, 128GB SDD, 1.8 GHz) but the BootCamp doesn't support anything except 7. I can't afford to set aside sth ...
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Dual boot MacBook Air 2012 with Windows 7 - now boots directly into Windows

So I attempted to set up dual boot (Boot Camp) on my new MacBook Air (Mountain Lion) with Windows 7 and failed spectacularly in the process. The Mac just boots straight into Windows now. There's no ...
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Upgrade dual booted MacBook Pro to Lion from Snow Leopard/Ubuntu

I have a MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard and Ubuntu on separate partitions. I use rEfit to choose which operating system I want to boot into. I would like to upgrade to Lion, but I'm concerned this ...
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Upgrade to mountain lion from dual-boot ubuntu configuration

I have a Lion installation dual-booted with Ubuntu using refit. Upon trying to upgrade to Mountain Lion, I reboot into the mountain lion installer, and get a message about OS X not being able to be ...
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If I were to use Windows 7 or 8 either via Boot Camp or Virtualisation Software on my Mac would my Magic Trackpad still function?

If I were to install Windows 7 or 8 either via Boot Camp or Virtualisation Software on my Mac would my Magic Trackpad still function in the Windows environment or is the ability to use gesture control ...
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Safe to upgrade to Windows 8 on Bootcamp?

So I'd read a service advisory on the Parallels site warning users not to upgrade to Windows 8 due to it damaging their virtual machine and associated files therein. That being said, is it currently ...
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iMac OS X 10.6.8, didn't come with any disks…how do I create an install disk [closed]

I want to do a dual boot with Windows 7 (the eventual goal being Windows 8 but to upgrade I think I need to have a version of Windows on my Mac already). I meet all of the system requirements and I ...
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Is this impossible to install XP using BootCamp on Lion?

I want to install XP with bootcamp on my Mac running Lion. The only choice that it gives me is to install Win7. Is there a way to install XP on Lion ?
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Installing Ubuntu Server on my MacBook without a CD

Trying to install Ubuntu server on my MacBook however the CD drive is not working. All the guides I have seen so far use the bootcamp process (same as for windows) to achieve this. I currently have a ...
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mac cannot bootup Mac OS X

Installation of Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro prompts me that it requires a CD/DVD device driver. I ejected my DVD and then got a window displaying "No bootable device--inset boot disk and press any ...
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Is it normal to have a Macbook heat up when using a dual boot linux?

After successfully dual-booting fedora on my Macbook Air, i have noticed that the Macbook tends to heat up a lot faster than when I am using Mac OS X. Is this normal?
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How do I dual-booting Ubuntu on a Macbook pro?

How would you dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 on a MacBook Pro with the following specs: 13", 750GB hard drive, Intel Core-i7 processor, with 8GB RAM.
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Is it possible to dual boot Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Fedora 17?

Has anyone attempted this before? Are there any installation guides to follow? I attempted to install before but I wasn't able to boot into the fedora partition when i was done.