Triple boot Mavericks, Yosemite, and Windows 8.1?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Spontida, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. Spontida macrumors regular

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    How can I do this? I tried this once by making a new drive for Yosemite but failed horribly. Does anyone know how? I plan to use Yosemite as my main os but I want to keep mavericks for software and nostalgic purposes.
     
  2. macenied, Oct 31, 2014
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    macenied macrumors 6502a

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    Please look at the partition layout attached.

    This is for OS X ( Yosemite ) and BootCamp ( Windows 7 ). You see 1 GPT partition, 1 OS X partition, 1 Recovery partition and 1 Windows partition.

    Based on the BootCamp support provided by Apple and the Yosemite installation you

    - Are limited to 4 partitions per disk
    - Cannot install Yosemite without installing a Recovery partition

    It seems the only way to keep Mavericks in your case will be to install it on an external drive.
     

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  3. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Just have separate bootable partitions for Yosemite and Mavericks and select via holding the option key when booting the machine.
     
  4. Spontida thread starter macrumors regular

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    What about windows?
     
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  7. simonsi macrumors 601

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    I'd be surprised, you can always create a bootable external with Mavericks on and boot off that as required.
     
  8. bbfc macrumors 68030

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    I have Mavericks on an external drive. Also have Yosemite and Windows 7 installed on my MBP.

    That's the only way around it.

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    That is the only option.
     

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