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?