I need to install OS9.2 & OSX to dual boot....how??

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by wylie, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2004
  2. macrumors 68000


    Mar 29, 2003
    AFAIK, you can install one after the other. It doesn’t matter what you start with. After you installed both, you can select the starting volume in system preferences.
  3. macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    It would be easier to help if we knew what system you have to work with. There are some systems that will never boot Mac OS 9.

    Your request could be something simple... or something impossible.

    More information would be helpful in figuring out which it is.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2004
    Sorry, am running a dual 1.25ghz G4 Powermac (which was originally dual boot 9.2 & X)

    I had to buy 2 new hard drives and am now trying to re-install the OS's


    i just tried to install OS 9.2 and its telling me that i cant install it?? !?!?


    ive got all of the correct G4 system install discs etc
  5. macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2004
    This is how I installed my G3 iMac to dual-boot:

    - Start from OS 9 CD
    - Initialise HD in two partitions using disk utility from CD
    - Install OS 9 choosing one partition
    - After install restart from OS X CD
    - Choose other partition to install OS X

    Guess that where I chose a partition you can choose one of your drives.

    Maybe you 're helped this way. Sure works fine for me.
  6. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Why not install Classic and boot from that system folder?

    We've got one of those machines at work for our ISDN & scanning and occasionally we've had to boot in 9 but less so these days.
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2004
    i need to install OS9.2 and not classic, i still use os9 quite a bit

    oh, its not letting me install OS9.2 from the cd, and in disk utility my 2 HD's arnt actaully coming up / being recognised??

    could this ^^ be that i havnt formated the drives yet ? if so , how does one go about it

  8. macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    If you can boot from the OS 9 cd, then you should be able to use the initalizer to make your partitions. I believe its one of the tools outside of the actual installer for OS 9.
  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2004

    True. The disk utility is in a separate folder on the OS 9 install disk. It should be able to locate and initialise "lost" drives the installer itself might not see. I just don't know what this particular folder is called on "English languaged" install disks. The name should indicate it holds some kind of utility/supporting apps

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