Partition/Back-Up Program or Ability to create 2nd bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ninjapenguinart, May 19, 2008.

  1. ninjapenguinart macrumors regular

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    Hello, right now I have a ~290gb mac osx partition and a 175gb windows xp partition, but I want to have a 40gb Linux partition. I was wondering if there was a way to create a 2nd bootcamp partition? Or would I just have to create 1 big bootcamp partition for xp and then partition it while in xp? If so what program should I use to back up and partition my xp?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Just a word of warning... I tried to do something similar to this, and got myself into all kinds of trouble - namely, into a situation where neither Mac OS X nor Linux would boot. I was able to recover by reinstalling Leopard and restoring from my Time Machine backup...

    That said, I believe you're going to have to make one large Windows partition then carve out a space within that for Linux to use. I recommend Winclone for backing up and resizing Boot Camp partitions.
     
  3. ninjapenguinart thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wait! can I partition my OS X partition for the linux partition and re-format it in XP?
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Huh? If you're using Leopard, you'll be able to create the new partition. However, I don't know if XP will let you reformat it... and if so, if you'll be able to install Linux there afterwards.
     
  5. ninjapenguinart thread starter macrumors regular

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    I mean I know that XP doesn't recognize my mac os X partition because of its format, but I was hoping there was some windows program that recognizes mac format. If so does anyone know of one?
     
  6. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    MacDrive does but it costs money.

    What I do for my Windows Partition is use Bombich's netrestore after having BootCamped Windows the way I like it. Once in a while I then make a new backup and if something goes horribly wrong, I just restore an old image.
    I imagine it's entirely possible doing the same thing with Linux partitions.
    I don't recommend using Linux to partition anything that Mac OS X is going to dabble with as Disk Utility's way of partitioning is read wrong or at least very different from certain Linux programs. I suggest you find solutions through OS X as much as possible, since it will (I assume) be your 'master' system.
     
  7. ninjapenguinart thread starter macrumors regular

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    That MacDrive seems very promising and also it might save 40gb on my XP partition if I can access all of my music files off my OS X partition. ^_^ So I might just get that, partition my osx to have a 250gb and a 40gb partitions, reformat the 40gb to ntfs, and then install Ubuntu on it. Hopefully it's as easy as it sounds.
     
  8. chscag macrumors 65816

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    Take a look at the latest version of Ubuntu (8.04). It can be installed from within Windows and actually run from within Windows as a virtual machine. No need to re-partition or triple boot. :)

    Regards.
     
  9. ninjapenguinart thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the info, but if I wanted to run Ubuntu as a VM, I would just use parallels for that. It would make my life a bit easier :p but where's the fun in that?
     

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