Set Up Bootcamp as a third partition?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by eksplosions, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. eksplosions macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2008
    I have my main installation on one partition and I have back ups and storage on another. Bootcamp won't go through the setup with the current configuration. I'm just wondering if there are any workarounds?

  2. DivineEvil macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    Yes there are. use rEFIt (google it). Just install it in MacOS. If you have done the partitions already just boot from the install DVD of windows and install it on the 3rd partition. Then install the bootcamp drivers. And when you restart you'll have a great looking dualboot GUI to choose which OS to boot.

    P.S That is exactly how my MBP is setup.

    SL on partition 1 (HFS+)
    Data/Storage on partition 2 (HFS+)
    Windows 7 on partition 3 (NTFS)

    Edit: If you don't have the partitions ready, make them... :)
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
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    Do you really need refit for this?

    Boot Camp Assistant is just a friendly front end for people who don't know much about partitions.

    You should just be able to create a FAT32 partition with Disk Utility and reboot you Mac with the Windows install media in the drive while holding down option.

    Refit is needed and great when things are more complicated.


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