Lion bootcamp: need to install win 7 with 3 partitions

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by breonwei, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. breonwei macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    I have installed Lion on my MBP 2011. I need to install win 7 x 64 in bootcamp and need an extra partition for my PC user data. The desired partitions as below;

    (500gb HDD)
    Macintosh HD - Lion
    Win 7 - Win 7
    Data - PC user data

    How do I create extra partition for my PC user data? I can think of the following steps but not sure if it will work;

    1. bootcamp 4, create 100GB for Win 7
    2. install win 7 at bootcamp
    3. repartition Macintosh HD to 2 partition - 100GB Lion, 299GB for Data

    Will above plan work out well? For PC user data, should I format it to ex FAT? Can Lion support native NTFS? If I format it to ex FAT, can win 7 access it safely for the 299GB Data partition?

  2. FNH15 macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2011
    Do exactly what you said in the above post, but if you want to have NTFS functionality, use the program from Paragon called NTFS for Mac OS X. It is the only NTFS driver that supports Lion to my knowledge. Windows 7 can access any exFAT drive, but under Boot Camp, it can also access HFS + drives as well.

  3. breonwei thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    TQ so much for the quick reply, appreciate it, I will give it a try.

    As for the exFAT i hope it is a good choice to go to as compared to Paragon, as I do not need the data partition to be in NTFS.
  4. breonwei thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    After installing Win 7 x64 using bootcamp, I re-partition Macintosh HD and now I am not able to see Win 7 when booting up.

    What is the best way to create multiple partitions in Lion & Win 7?
  5. daLat macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2011
    i also want to do something similar

    whereas i want it to be

    Total 320gb

    50 gb lion
    120 gb home (lion personal data folder)
    50 gb win 7

    can someone tell me how i can set this up?

    here are my thoughts:

    1. wipe the whole drive
    2. format it to 50 gb(mac os x journaled), 120gb (mac os x journaled), 50gb (fat 32)
    2b. name the fat 32 to "BOOTCAMP" just incase
    3. install win 7 by holding c and target the fat 32 disk.

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