Dual or Triple Booting? Mac OS-X Snow Leopard, Lion and Windows?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ELSELS, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. ELSELS macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2010
    Dual or Triple Booting?

    Mac OS-X Snow Leopard, Lion and Windows?


    I would like to use my MacBook Pro laptop, for 3 OS systems.

    I wanted Snow Leopard, (for the programs that wouldn't run on Lion).

    Install Lion, because I want it and like it..!

    Also, Windows XP Pro (for now, until I can get Windows 7), for the Windows purchased software, (MS Office, Adobe, and many more), I have spent money on, and not sure if MS, Adobe, etc. will ALLOW me to use my existing serial #'s, - with the Apple/Mac software equivalent (?) - to do (what I have been able to learn is called (in the technical field): "platform swap" - going from Windows to Apple/Mac.

    I bought my laptop used and it has these current partition, available, when I boot up holding down my options key:

    1 Snow Leopard

    2 Mac OX- Lion (I installed this)...

    3 Recovery HD

    4 EFI Boot

    I don't even know what the Recovery HD and the EFI Boot is?

    I'm sort of thinking that when Lion installed, it might have created that Recovery HD part..?

    I have not been able to yet, however, partition using the BootCamp Assistant, to create the 4th - (Windows) partition.

    Perhaps I must start all over from scratch?

    First create one (1) partition, using Disk Utility?

    Second, use BootCamp to create the second partition (reserved) for Windows?

    Third, create the third partition, for Snow Leopard, using Disk Utility.?

    Fourth, create the partition for Lion?

    What do you think?


    Have a nice day,

  2. BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2010
    34.6700N 118.1590W
    Similar situation, I am getting a new iMac with Lion, but have some app's like Quicken that only run on SL. I want to create a partition on my new iMac and have the 2nd set up with SL. I actually would just like to use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my bootable external drive onto that SL partition. So, my question is, will this work?

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