running multiple os at the same time

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by maigado, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. maigado macrumors member

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    Let's say I have a system (I don't, at least for now) that has a dual or triple boot with OS X, Windows 7 and maybe Linux of one flavor or another. If I'm booted into the Mac, can I run the other Windows and/or Linux from it? Would I do that with Fusion or Parallels as if it were a VM, even though it's not? Or another way?

    I'm assuming this can be done, but maybe I shouldn't.
     
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  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Yep, you can do that with windows for sure, even if it's a boot camp partition. I'm less certain about a linux partition that isn't strictly a VM.
     
  4. maigado thread starter macrumors member

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    I just saw the link you posted when I went back to the section page in the forum. I knew it had to be somewhere here.

    Thanks.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Just note that triple booting on one HDD can be hard to setup and get working right.

    It's much easier to us e a VM or external HDD for the "third" OS, if it's Linux or OS X which will boot fine from an external.

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  6. brandone macrumors member

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    I'm surprised that your not plugging refit. This would be an instance where it would actually come in handy.
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    My experience with rEFIt is so-so, so I don't plug it. It is an option, but not one that is for all users.

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