Ideal Partition Order for Bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dllo, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. dllo macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2015
    I'm installing a brand new Hard Drive on my iMac 11,3 27". Previously I had 3 Partitions: OSX 10.6, Windows 7 64, and OSX 10.8.

    I've experienced issues (that were resolved) after creating my third partition, when OSX 10.6 and Windows 7 were already installed.

    Is there a preferred/ideal order for creating these partitions? For example, will it make a difference if I create 2 Mac Partitions (10.8 & 10.10), then Bootcamp? Or should I install OSX 10.8 first, then Bootcamp partition, then OSX 10.10 partition?

    In the end, all I need is 3 partitions for my three operating systems.
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    You cannot have 3 partitions if you want to use Boot Camp.

    Boot Camp cannot work if there are more than 2 partitions present.

    If you must insist on having 3 OSes, then install Windows in an external Thunderbolt drive. USB won't work as your Mac doesn't have USB 3.

    How do I know this?
    Your Mac runs Snow Leopard. No Mac that runs Snow Leopard has USB 3.

    And you should be running on the latest OS for security reasons alone. If your apps aren't compatible, update or upgrade them.
  3. sean barry macrumors regular

    sean barry

    Oct 3, 2012
    Belding, MI
    Snow Leopard on/in Boot Camp

    I bought a used Mini (late 2012, i7, 16g ram.) It had a Boot Camp partition with a trial Win 8.1.
    I removed every thing in Boot Camp thinking I would remove the partition.
    Turns out I can't or lose all the stuff in the Mac partition? I am thinking of installing Snow Leopard, OSX 10.6 in/on the Boot Camp partition so I can use the Mini as an Apple TV occasionally using Front Row.

    Snow Leopard can be found here;

    From what I can tell it is the OS and not just an update?
    Will this work? Thanks.

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