Mac OS X Recovery Dual boot?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Navigator98, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Navigator98 macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm new to the forums (apologize me if this is the wrong category to ask)

    I have a 27" iMac (late 2009).

    Now, I have one Mac OS X Partition with Snow Leopard 10.6.4 and one Bootcamp partition with Windows 7.

    Also, I have one DATA partition, which I shrinked from the Mac OS X partition in Windows. I would like to REshrink my DATA partition (like 5-20GB) and create a little partition where I could install another copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopard with my original Install DVD. I would like to use that partition for recovery and clean-up/management...

    The problem is, My Mac OS X does NOT detect the DATA partition, it is only visible in Bootcamp...

    Now could I just reshrink the DATA partition in BootCamp Windows and go to Mac OS X disk utility to format it as Mac OS X journaled? And do I need to perform any additional actions to make those three bootable partitions? (Mac OS X (main), BootCamp, Mac OS X (for recovery and management use).


    Help would be greatly appreciated!

    Kind regards to everyone,


    Navigator98
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Solon, OH
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    Unfortunately, due to the way Boot Camp works, this isn't possible, at least as far as I know. If you monkey with the partition table after Boot Camp is set up, you may very well make your Windows partition unbootable. Your best bet is to make a small (8GB should suffice) recovery USB drive, and boot from that - much like how recovery is handled on the newest MacBook Air models.
     

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