Can someone help me setup my HD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by PeterQC, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. PeterQC macrumors 6502a

    PeterQC

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    #1
    I'm trying to setup partitions on my MacBook's hard drive so I can tri-boot OS 10.6, 10.5 and Win7. So far, I've been able to make 10.6 and 10.5 work, but I can't make Win7 install itself in its MS-FAT partition. I can't install it using BootCamp because obviously I have more than 1 partition, even if I've read around here that It would be working with a simple MS-FAT partition made with Disk Utility.

    Here's what I'm looking for:

    250 GB HDD:

    40GB with Mac OS 10.6.
    40GB with Mac OS 10.5 (I need it because I use Adobe CS3 for school)
    130GB for my personal, music, school, etc. files.
    ~40GB with Windows 7 RC1 (Gaming)

    What can I do to make everything work? Do I first install 10.6, use bootcamp to make the 40 GB NTFS partition for Win 7 THEN divide the 10.6 partition into the 3 others partition I need? Or is there a way around bootcamp to be able to install Windows? Because it kind of bother me that I can't install Windows how I want, because once my RC is out of date, I will need to eventually reinstall my old XP version, and I don't want to format everything once again!
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    Montreal, QC
    #2
    Yes.
     
  3. PeterQC thread starter macrumors 6502a

    PeterQC

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  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    There are other options, that's just the easiest way. There are plenty of tutorials on triple-booting a Mac online, and while most only cover Mac/Windows/Linux, the same principle should be easily applicable.
     

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