Setting up my Mac with bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by DELTAsnake, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. DELTAsnake macrumors 6502

    DELTAsnake

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    My first ever Mac should arrive Tuesday and first thing I will need to do is setup bootcamp.

    What I am thinking of doing is dividing up the hard drive into a 250gb OSX drive, a 250gb Vista/7 drive, a 50gb XP drive and the rest as a shared user data drive formatted as NTFS so all OS's can use it (I will use Macfuse for OSX NTFS support).

    How should I go about setting all this up? Any utilities I should use to set this up?
     
  2. twoodcc macrumors P6

    twoodcc

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    this is an iMac, right?

    the first thing to do is partition the drive with bootcamp utility
     
  3. DELTAsnake thread starter macrumors 6502

    DELTAsnake

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    OK I've done more research. Do I use the boot camp software to allocate 250gb to OSX, the rest to Windows, then use the Windows 7 installer to divide the drive further?
     
  4. GFSarah macrumors regular

    GFSarah

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    I believe you'll need to figure up your numbers beforehand if you want to leave an even 250 for OSX. If I remember correctly, when you create a new partition, you set how big you want THAT partition to be -- not how big you want what's already there to be and then leave x amount of space for other OS's and so on. Was that clear? It's a bit hard to explain ... But what it amounts to is my first sentence: I think you'll need to figure it all out before you start so you'll know how big to create each new partition in order to leave exactly 250 for the OSX.
     
  5. DELTAsnake thread starter macrumors 6502

    DELTAsnake

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    Well a word of warning to anyone wanting to setup there mac like this. Don't let windows do any partioning. It will take over your hfs partition leaving you without osx.
     

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