Triple boot, dual drive Macbook i5, iso/usb

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by discosoap, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. discosoap macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2008
    The Netherlands
    Hi guys,

    I spent most of my evening yesterday using Mroogle/Google to figure out how to get this done, but for the life of me I can't get it to work. Here's my setup;

    Macbook Pro 2.4 i5
    drive bay 1 - 60GB Vertex II
    drive bay 2 - 320GB Apple HDD (using Optibay)

    Here's what I'd like to do;

    drive bay 1 - Mac OSX + Applications
    drive bay 2 - Mac OSX data storage (290GB) + Windows 7 (20GB) + Ubuntu (10GB)

    The tools I have;

    - multiple Macs
    - multiple 4GB USB sticks
    - Windows + Ubuntu .iso files
    - Support software like Parallels / rEfit etc.
    - No working Superdrives/CD-combo :-(
    - LAN network

    I tried using Bootcamp, but that didn't go well as it won't let me install from USB-stick. I tried installing through Parallels (as suggested in MR forums), but I can't use it because Parallels 6 won't recognize the Bootcamp partition. I tried rEfit, but can't get it to work because I can't restore the .iso files to the USB stick (I have no working CD/DVD unit) using Disk Utility.

    Please help me devise (or find) a strategy to get a triple boot, dual drive system so I can take over the world :)

    Any suggestion is welcome :apple:

    ps: if you need any additional info, or if my question is not clear enough, please let me know
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Read this whole thread, but I would suggest trying the internal partition approach since you already tried Parallels (probably has to be 8 GB for W764 Ultimate)

    IMHO 20GB is marginal for W764 it really wants more unless of course you don't have any apps you want to install...

  3. gtr053 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Why can't you extract the ISOs? I haven't had a problem with them on my Mac. Maybe I installed something that took care of that?

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