two copies of Snow Leopard on one hard drive...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by snouter, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. snouter macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    Can I make two partitions and install and boot one of two installs of Snow Leopard off one internal hard drive?

    I'd like to make one SL install a dev environment with Apache, php, mySQL, coldfusion, svn, etc.

    I'd like to make the other SL install a general browsing and casual user environment.
  2. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
    Could you not just have 2 users? You could 'install for this user only'.
  3. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    Yes, you can.

    First, back your computer up.

    Then boot off of your Snow Leopard disk and use the "Disk Utility" program to partition your hard drive. Note that everything on your hard drive will be erased, so make sure you have your files backed up.

    Then you'll be able to install Snow Leopard on both partitions, and boot from either partition.

    Alternatively, you might be able to use Boot Camp Assistant to make a second partition without erasing your first one... but I'm not sure.

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