Running 2 partitions bad or good idea

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  1. armenakadino macrumors member

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    I have my xp installed on my unibody macbook and I was going to try installing linyx also I was wondering will that slow down the computer alot is it a bad idea to have 3 partitions
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I run my version of Linux (Ubuntu) virtualized in VMware Fusion instead

    Runs flawlessly

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  3. armenakadino thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok cool thanks man I love having a mac being able to run all these softwares I would normally not run
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Running with 3 actual partitions is a little tricky I believe
    But it can be done, or at least I have heard it can

    If you don't want to buy Parallels or Fusion for virtualization, you can try VirtualBox, it is free

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  5. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    How is three partitions tricky? Is it a Mac thing, because I ran three on my Dell for awhile (only one had an OS on it, though).
     
  6. armenakadino thread starter macrumors member

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    I have both vm and paralles I got one in a bundle and vm on sale at macmall for 20
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Partitions are not tricky, but loading a bootable OS on 3 partitions is

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  8. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    How? It seems straightforward to me.
     
  9. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    I have OSX, vista (via bootcamp), and ubuntu installed on my macbook. This has its many used but the reason that it is complicated is because when I installed ubuntu the bootloader (option key at startup) does not recognize the ubuntu partition. I had to install refit to get the ubuntu partition to work. After i installed refit, in order to get to the vista partition I had to go through the ubuntu bootloader even if i selected the vista partition. This is because the ubuntu install does something to the vista bootloader so the ubuntu one comes up first. After selecting vista it boots fine though. It does not take that much effort to get a tri-boot setup, you just have to be careful what you are doing to your HDD because any mistake can cause massive loss of data.

    And also, after you install ubuntu it takes a bit of effort to get all the features fully working. For example, the multi-touch trackpad, speakers, bluetooth, and other various hardware features do not work in ubuntu without a little work. I can direct you to guides on how to get these features working with ubuntu if you decide to install. Just send me a PM
     
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    O. I've never tried that. I only tried to get Xubuntu going on a Dell to use as a server, but I needed it for other purposes, so that never got finished.
     
  12. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    Its a problem with EFI. EFI allows you to have no more than 4 partitions on one hard drive and it takes one of those for an invisible Firmware update drive.

    There is also a restriction that lets you use Windows only as the last partition on the drive. So you practically have only one option for partition structure:

    1. EFI partition
    2. OS X partition
    3. Linux partition
    4. Windows partition

    You may be able to swap 2 and 3 though. I have not tried that. Under BIOS you can have many more logical partitions encapsulated but not with EFI.
     

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