Partition question

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  1. g-boac macrumors 6502

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    Question - is there a way for me to non-destructively create an additional bootable partition on my Macintosh HD? I currently have two: one for Snow Leopard, one for Windows (Boot Camp). Would there be a way to create a third bootable partition (without destroying my other two) for setting up a bootable Leopard OS on?

    One more question - is there a way for me to give access permissions to my home directory (on the Snow Leopard partition) such that I can access it (read, write, etc.) on booting off the Leopard partition?

    thanks!
    Mark
     
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    Answer 1: Yes, I think it's possible if you have enough free space in your HD
    Answer 2: Yes
     
  3. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

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    1) Yes
    2) Not sure, but I think Snow Leopard enabled this...
     
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    SL enables HFS+ read while using Windows with BootCamp. Leopard and SL both use HFS+ so SL partition should be readable and writeable
     
  5. g-boac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    :) Sorry, I should have asked my question a little more clearly, because I received literal answers to my question. :) I have a 500GB HDD with ~400 GB free, so could somebody kindly tell me how to create that third bootable partition, without wiping out my other two?

    thanks!
    Mark
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Finder -> Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility -> Select your HD (not Macintosh HD, the top one) -> Select Partitioning -> Click the + and give name to your new partition (you should now have 3 partitions in left hand side graph) -> Its format should be "Mac OS extended (journaled) -> Make it the size as you want it to be -> Click Use or whatever it's in the bottom right -> When it's ready, make sure you have three partitions below your HD in left hand side -> Pop in the Leopard disc -> Shut down and hold C while booting -> It should now boot from the install DVD -> Select the partition you just created and install Leopard to it

    Ask if you have any questions :cool:
     
  7. g-boac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you!!!!! I will give this a shot!

    I think what I am going to do is use a clone I have to restore Leopard. . .then clean install Snow Leopard onto a separate partition. . .see if that makes any difference. . .and if it does, then that will tell me something. If it doesn't, then at the very least I will be able to take advantage of anything the new OS may be able to offer while waiting for .2 to come out.

    I remember that Leopard really didn't have its bugs out (i.e., working Back to My Mac, printer sharing, etc) until .3
     
  8. g-boac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hellhammer - I actually have two questions. These options are greyed out, so am I correct in assuming that I need to put in the Leopard (or Snow Leopard) install DVD, and run Disk Utility off of there, because I am not allowed to add a partition to the disk I booted off of?

    Second, another computer I have (a MacBook Pro running Leopard) is telling me that I cannot install Snow Leopard because the partition is not Journaled. Is selecting "Enable Journaling" destructive, or can I safely select this option in Disk Utility and then proceed with the installation?

    thanks,
    Mark
     

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