Use Boot Camp to create partition for 10.8?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by RaMaz07, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. RaMaz07 macrumors member

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    Hello everyone,

    Back when the Lion Dev Previews were out I was able to open Boot Camp on my original MacBook Air, create a partition for Windows, then go to Disk Utility, reformat the partition and then install the Dev Preview onto it.

    But today I tried to do the same thing on my 2011 11" MacBook Air and it won't even let me partition unless it knows a formatted USB drive with Windows on it is present.

    All I want to do is use Boot Camp to create a partition without having to wipe the drive. I would prefer to have a 10.7 and a 10.8 partition so when the next Preview comes out I can install that over the old 10.8 Partition.

    I would really prefer not to make the entire drive 10.8.

    Thanks guys
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Why not use Disk Utility to create a second partition?


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  3. RaMaz07 thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't want to wipe the internal drive and start fresh. I would just simply like to partition the current Macintosh HD into two.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Then this part of the bolded guide might help.
     
  5. kzrconf macrumors newbie

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    This is bad news for those installing Linux as well -- Boot Camp is usually used to enable a hybrid partition table and legacy BIOS mode (for Windows, but then also Linux compatibility). There are ways to work without either, but much more complicated.
     
  6. RaMaz07, Feb 18, 2012
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    RaMaz07 thread starter macrumors member

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    You know, I totally missed that bottom section of the page. Originally I was reading it and it didn't seem like it was what I was looking for.

    I never knew that Disk Utility can do this. It was fast, simple and just what I wanted.

    and as I type this i'm installing 10.8.

    Thank you Simsaladimbamba! :cool:
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    No problem, and thank you for (indirectly) pointing out a flaw in that Disk Utility snippet. I revised it, to make it more accessible.


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