Question about installing Ubuntu on MBP, Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by M-B-P, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    May 15, 2010

    I wanted to set up my MBP so that I can dual boot with Lion and Ubuntu. I've done so before with Windows 7 on a Mac. My question is do I have to create a separate partition for Ubuntu before installing the OS? B/c reading the instructions on the Ubuntu website, it says download the OS, burn onto a disk, put the disk in,restart, and proceed with the installation. It doesn't mention creating a separate partition as specified in the Apple bootcamp instructions for installing Windows.

    My concern is if I just put in the CD and restart my MBP, then proceed with the installation of Ubuntu as it says on their site (, will it replace my Mac Lion OS and delete my data?

    This may be a stupid question to ask, but take it easy as I'm not experienced with this. Please help me ASAP, b/c I have some free time today to play around with this. Also, I know that I can virtualize Ubuntu, but I want it to have its own separate partition as Windows has when installed via bootcamp.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you don't want to over-write your OSX partition, then yes you'll want to have a separate partition for ubuntu.

    Here's their own suuport pages for the Mac, this may prove useful
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2010

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