windows as first partition?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by buddyglass, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. buddyglass macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2008
    I'm considering purchasing a black previous-generation MacBook and would like to dual-boot Windows XP and Leopard. Since I expect to spend most of my time in XP, I would like to have the NTFS partition be the first one on the drive, in order to get the best performance.

    From what I've read on the diskutil man page it's pretty trivial to set up the partitions this way. So what I'm curious about are the following:

    1. Can Leopard boot from a partition that isn't the first one on the drive?

    2. Supposing I have Leopard and XP install disks, how would I go about achieving this?

    I understand the process of installing OS X, then using Boot Camp to shrink the HFS+ partition, create a NTFS one, and install Windows. But that would result in the HFS+ partition being the first one. In order to use diskutil I have to have OS X installed, but if I use it in the manner I need to then it will result in me destroying my OS X installation.

    Can one run diskutil from the Leopard install media, in order to partition the drive manually before installing OS X for the first time?
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Yes! :)
  3. buddyglass thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2008
    So would the process be:

    1. Pop in the Leopard install DVD. Run diskutil from the media, create NTFS and HFS+ partitions with the NTFS one coming first.

    2. Install Leopard onto the HFS+ partition.

    3. Boot into Leopard, run Boot Camp Assistant to create the Windows drivers disk.

    4. Install XP onto the NTFS partition.

    5. Boot into XP and install the drivers from the drivers disk.

    That sound about right?

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