Triple boot (OS X+Windows+Linux) without rEFIt/rEFInd

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Sevbh, May 10, 2013.

  1. Sevbh, May 10, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2013

    Sevbh macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2012

    There are several methods. The easiest way is to use a programme like rEFIt which is a 3rd party boot menu manager. But that is NOT the best option imo cause during every boot you would need to pass through the new boot menu, which annoyed me a lot. So I made a tutorial using a slightly more complicated method, but the results are worth it as you do not require any 3rd party apps. To boot into Linux or Windows, you would just need to press alt/option key to access the bootcamp partition, as usual. If you don't want to, you can boot in mac just like normal. check it out.

    But before you jump into it, back up everything!! its a safe method if you are careful, but you never know....:)

    If you have time, and are comfortable using terminal, there is a better way of triple booting your mac.

    Back UP before however!!:):):)

  2. bonkiebonks macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2007
    Auckland, NZ
    Thanks for the very nice and helpful video tutorial.

    Out of curiosity, what program are you using for snapping windows? :)
  3. Sevbh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2012

    Im glad the tutorial helped you. I could have done it simpler but at the time I was experimenting myself.

    The programme that snaps the windows and enables wobbly windows is called Deskovery. But unfortunately if you have updated to the DP 10.9, its not compatible. With 10.8 its all good tho...
  4. RJVB macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2014
    This would require a write-up that can be printed out or stored locally for quick reference...

    Would the same method allow to have OS X 10.6, 10."latest" and MS Windows?
  5. DaveVii macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2014
    rEFInd instead of rEFIt

    I used the new EFI out that is a fork of rEFIt called rEFInd. You can search it at sourceforge. Also sourceforge has the link to the web page of rEFInd for instructions to install in either OSX, Windows, or Linux.
    Thanks for the instructions worked perfect, as long as you follow (closely) what you are typing.
  6. vanylapep macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2010
    Does this work on Macbooks? (Macbook 7,1 white mid 2010)
  7. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Semi-related question: I recently used rEFIt to get a Win 7 partition up and running on my 2010 MacBook Pro that doesn't have an optical drive (replaced with SSD). I wasn't able to get my system to boot a Windows installer off of a USB drive (multiple flash keys, USB DVD drive) for some reason, and so Bootcamp wouldn't work.

    Finally got it to go following a guide which used a virtual machine disk image being cloned onto my secondary hard drive, and rEFIt to boot into the newly copied Windows install to get it all setup. Everything works fine now. I can reboot directly into Windows with the Startup Disk selection in OSX, and if I use the "Reboot in OSX" option in Windows it will take me into OSX.

    If I "cold boot" the system, I get the rEFIt menu, which, like you, I would prefer not to have to go through. My question is: if I simply uninstall rEFIt following the uninstall instructions that came with it, would I still be able to use the ALT on boot up, or the select startup disk option in OSX/the reboot to OSX in Windows options?
  8. Fried Chicken macrumors 6502

    Fried Chicken

    Jun 11, 2011
    Is there a way for me to install Ubuntu onto a USB disk, and have that USB disk be compatible with Bootcamp?

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