Help with partitioning & Bootcamp.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DivineEvil, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. DivineEvil macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    Hi I'm waiting for the UPS guy to deliver my 500GB Hitachi HDD.

    Basically what I want is:

    3 Partitions:
    50GB for Mac OSX (HFS+)
    50GB for Win7 (NTFS)
    400GB for Data and stuff... (HFS+)

    and be able to boot with Bootcamp... :D

    Is it possible? Because BC is bitching about having only 1 partition.
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

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  3. DivineEvil thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    Lol I'm expecting the UPS to deliver it any minute or hour now :D...

    So I asked in advance, because by the time some1 writes me how the drive will be delivered.

    P.S I also have an external enclosure for the stock 160GB drive...
  4. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    You could put the old drive into the enclosure and then boot from it. Download Carbon Copy Cloner and then clone the drive in the enclosure to the new internal drive once you install it. This will save you the time of installing OSX and moving all your old stuff on the new drive, unless you want a clean install, then just install OSX from the install disks. If you clone it then you can just boot from the internal hard drive and then do the partitioning with boot camp assistant and disk utility.

    Yes the three partitions will work, create the bootcamp partition first with bootcamp assistant and then go into disk utility and create the other partition. Just make sure you don't touch the bootcamp partition, but only modify the OSX partition when making the new partition, and you should be fine.

    This is how I set up a triple boot setup on my mac after I had installed windows with bootcamp. Even though you aren't putting any OS on the third partition, you will still be fine.

    You will have to hold option/alt at startup to choose to boot between windows and OSX.
  5. DivineEvil thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    I did it!

    I just used rEFIt and the installation was simple as 1,2,3 :D.

    What I did in case someone wants the same thing as me.

    1) Putted the 500GB in the enclosure and formatted/partitioned it as in my 1st post.
    2) Cloned the 2 partitions of the 160GB drive (the MacOS and the Data).
    3) Exchanged the drives. Now the MBP has 500GB HDD.
    4) Installed rEFIt
    5) Inserted the Win7 DVD and restarted. Holt down the C key to boot the DVD.
    6) Installed Win7 on the NTFS partition
    7) When Win7 restarts a few times during installation I pressed the C key, just in case.
    8) Booted Win7 and installed Bootcamp's drivers from Leopard's CD's.
    9) Antivirus, Firewall, uTorrent, Daemon Tools etc... applications are next :D.

    P.S Can't wait for SL :D

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