Multiple installations on one drive?

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  1. Nermal Moderator

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    It is possible to install two separate copies of OS X on the same drive? I know it can be done with two drives, but can it be done on one drive? I could see it being tricky due to the fixed pathnames (/System, /Library etc). Would I have to partition to do it?

    Speaking of which, are there any nondestructive partitioners for the Mac?
     
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    Well, in that case, I'll take the easy way out and buy a second drive :rolleyes:
     
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    Nope, sorry, it's not an option. Maybe a unix-geek, given the proper amount of time, could manage; but let's say it's impossible.

    And, I don't know of any nondestructive partitioners.

    Sorry...
    paul
     
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    Duff-Man says...yes, you would need to partition or use an external drive. Until recently there were no "non-destructive" partition tools but now there are two you can have a look at - iPartition and Volumeworks - I have not had cause to buy/try either but as always when you are doing stuff like this no matter what the tool....back up the important stuff first....oh yeah!
     
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    Considering that my current drive's almost full, I'll just get a new drive. I have a G4 tower, so adding a second internal drive isn't a problem. Plus, a new drive is only slightly more expensive than a copy of VolumeWorks, and it'll actually feel like I'm getting something for my money (80 GB more space in this case :)).
     

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