Can I install Lion, and keep my Win bootcamp partition?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by chibabah, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. chibabah macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    I've been searching, but can't find a clear answer. If I install Lion over SL on a system that has a bootable Win7 partition, will Lion corrupt it?

    I've seen some indicators of yes and no, as well as a few open threads. If anyone has links to this info, I would love to hear more.

    ... If you came here looking for something else, here is other info I found along the way.

    Does Lion Have Bootcamp drivers? [yes]

    Can I install Lion while using bootcamp partitions? [mixed]

    Lion messed up my bootcamp - I can boot from it, but can't see it mounted [still in progress]
  2. bikerc macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2011
  3. TheCodec macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2012
    I had the same problem after I upgraded to LION but found a solution.

    2 parts of the problem:

    1. Can't see the windows 7 partition or Windows 7 not mounted in Lion OSX

    2. reFIT (associated with bootChamp I think) was NOT working.
    Not letting me choose which OS to boot into.

    To solve the reFIT problem:
    RESTART YOUR MAC 3 times.
    On the third time reFIT finally woke up and started doing its job and I could choose to boot into the Windows 7 partition, no problem. I remember when I first installed reFIT I had to restart a few times for it to work.

    To solve the NTFS problem (windows partition not mounted):
    Download and install the latest ver of NTFS-3g

    Once it was installed and I restarted, everything just WORKED like magic.
    With the trial version still running, I could copy a file from Mac to Win7 ( Some higher level folders were locked eg. DOCUMENTS, although within documents I could put the file in a subfolder.) AND I could copy a file from win7 into Mac.
    There's a 15 day trial to see that you can access/read/write to windows partition. The full version is about $25. Or you can do it the hard way and search for crackz and serials but GOOD LUCK with that one. Just buy it.

    Im not saying this is the only/cheapest/best solution, Just saying it worked for me. I know that when I installed Lion and refit stopped working I immediately panicked and searched forums for a solution. I didn't remember the restart 3 times thing.

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