How Do I Setup a Panther/Jaguar Dual Boot on my powerbook?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by adamjay, May 7, 2004.

  1. adamjay macrumors 6502a

    adamjay

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    I have a piece of software (Native Instruments' Final Scratch) that, because of unresolved driver issues (it has been almost a year now), runs stable only in Jaguar. I've jumped back and forth from Panther to Jaguar to Panther several times, and it looks as though i will once again need Jaguar to run this software. But, i really can't enjoy my Mac running Jaguar for all my other applications now that i have used and experienced the benefits of Panther for so long. The Xbench differential on my machine between Jaguar and Panther is a full 13 points!

    So, i would like to setup my 40GB Mac HD to run as 2 partitions. The primary partition would be Panther (20GB), and the 2nd partition Jaguar (20GB). I have Carbon Copy Cloner, and a 60GB Firewire Hard Drive.

    What is the easiest way to go about this?

    I am currently backing up my HD (Panther) to the Firewire HD. I am backing up all files, and making it Bootable. After its all backed up... should i just boot from the External drive, partition the internal 40GB drive... and then Recopy all Apps/Library/System/Users to the First partition (with the exception of the Apps and Files for Jaguar) ? Then, install Jaguar on the 2nd partition with the Apps and Files needed for use only in Jaguar ?

    Do i risk Kernel panics with a dual-boot partitioned drive?
    Will i be able to access the files on the other partitions from the finder okay?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance with this.
     
  2. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

    Horrortaxi

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    Try it and find out. :)

    If all your data is backed up then you really don't have anything to lose but time if something does go wrong.

    I think it should work and I don't think you'll get any unusual problems. You should be able to access stuff on the Jaguar partition with Panther and vice versa.
     
  3. adamjay thread starter macrumors 6502a

    adamjay

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    alright i've set up the machine to be dual-boot now.
    i have to say, Carbon Copy Cloner made the entire process very easy. In all, it only took 2 hours for me to back up data, wipe and partition, copy data, and install Jaguar.

    We'll see what happens, no KP's so far. I found an article about Panther/Jaguar dual-boot at macosxhints.com that mentioned if Kernel Panics are experienced, to turn off journaling on the secondary partition.
     

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