Does OSX care about the order of partitions?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by doynton, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. doynton macrumors 6502

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    I have a 10.2 MBP that uses hybrid mbr partition scheme.

    At the moment I have these partitions: EFI, OSX, OSX recovery, Windows like this:

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.19.27.png

    Can I change it to EFI, OSX recovery, OSX, Windows, New partition like this:

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.17.40.png

    I want to swap OSX and recovery so I can make the EFI partition entry in the MBR partition table cover EFI and recovery and keep within the limit of 4 MBR partitions while having 5 GPT partitions.

    Will this work? I don't need to see OS X Recovery partition while in Windows but I do want to be able to boot from it.
     
  2. doynton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    As I wasn't sure if Recovery could go before OSX I swapped OSX to the end and just ignored the recovery in the mbr partition table - works fine.

    GPT partitons
    Code:
    Number  Start (sector)    End (sector)  Size       Code  Name
      1              40          409639   200.0 MiB   EF00  EFI System Partition
      2          411648        49239767   23.3 GiB    0700  Windows10
      3        49501912       186220655   65.2 GiB    0700  Shared
      4       186482800       235708599   23.5 GiB    AF00  El Capitan
      5       235708600       236978135   619.9 MiB   AB00  Recovery HD
    
    MBR partitions:
    Code:
    Number  Boot  Start Sector   End Sector   Status      Code
      1                     1       411647   primary     0xEE
      2      *         411648     49239767   primary     0x07
      3              49501912    186220655   primary     0x07
      4             186482800    235708599   primary     0xAF
     
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    You don't need MBR partitions anymore. Use Windows 10 it is all GPT now. Has been since Win 8 actually.
     
  4. doynton thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It depends how old you mac is. I have to use mbr as mine is too old (late 2012 mbp).
     
  5. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    It depends on how old the Windows is you use not on how old the mac is. Unlike OSX Windows 8/10 actually runs better on old hardware than 7 or really old Vista.
     
  6. doynton thread starter macrumors 6502

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