Dual Booting All discussion on Dual Booting 2 operating systems (or even more!) on the Dell Mini
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Join Date: Jan 2010
01-19-2010, 05:03 PM
Phil, thank you for replying.
So I understand you recommend a OSX-SL on the mini10v. Well, for me it's OK because my intention is OSX-SL to be the main OS.
I've noticed that you upgraded your RAM to 2Gb. Is the performance improve noticeable with the upgrade? For the momment, I'd like not to open the computer, so it'd remain with only 1Gb RAM for some months.
Maybe any one with experience with the windows OS running on the 10v could tell which Windows runs smother in a 10v with 1Gb RAM system: WinXP or Win7?
I still have the idea to have win and OSX-SL installed and share a 3rd partition for DATA. I wouldn't install virtual machines due to known limitations in the 10v cpu and RAM, I think the performance wouldn't be acceptable.
I've seen that there are some drivers/utilities for being capable of accessing HFS+ partitions on Windows, and the opposite (NTFS partitions on OSX). Does anyone have experience with such an utilities? which one would you recommend? (pros/cons)
Thank you very much!
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: China - Changchun
Question about dualbooting - 01-19-2010, 09:37 PM
I want to have following system (partitions) on my dell mini 10v.
a dual booting system and an additioal small partition to exchange Data between Win 7 and OSX in both directions without an USB-Stick.
1 partition OSX ...................... x GB
2 partition Win7...................... y GB
3 partition for Exchange .......... 6.5 GB
with the 3. Partition I want to format as an Win Partition and in OSX I want to use a programm to write on an Win Partition.
What did I do?
1.) Start from ziro.
2.) boot with NBM-patched OSX on USB in boot option.
3.) made 3 partition with diskutility before installing OSX
- 1) OSX spezific .... for OSX
- 2) Dos FAT 32 .... for Win 7
- 3) Dos FAT 32 .... to exchange data between the 2 Systems
4) installing OSX
5) installing Win 7
- 1) can only format and install on 2 partition (cannot format partition 3)
6) I made all the stes to get a dual booting system (works!).
now I can see the 3. partition in OSX (read and write) but not in Win 7
Do you know what I did/think wrong?
Thanks in advanced for helping me.
Join Date: Dec 2009
01-19-2010, 09:40 PM
I've got Windows 7 Ultimate on My Mac mini, using Boot Camp, and it works extremely well. Definitely gives OS X a run for its money. Windows 7 Starter is total trash, disregard your experiences with that. Especially when it's bloated with stupit included software. I got rid of it as soon as I got my 10v (which is now running just OS X 10.6.2, considering dual booting, but with the upcoming 10.6.3 update soon to be out, I think I'm going to hold off for a bit.)
As far as partition sizes and formats go, this is what I would do.
OS X - 20GB, HFS+
Windows - 20GB, NTFS
Storage - 120G, FAT, NTFS or HFS+ (All can be read/write from both OS's with some programs help, but for the best compatibility, FAT is probably the best bet.)
Of course, this could/should be different for you as I'm kind of a minimalist and don't install many programs, so, yeah, you might want more or less for your system partitions.
From what I've read, upgrading to 2GB doesn't offer a MASSIVE performance boost, just a slightly noticeable one.
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Join Date: Dec 2009
01-21-2010, 02:08 AM
I believe, but have not verified, that you can use the enhanced gptsync tool to manipulate which GPT partitions get put into the MBR partition table in such a way that both OS X and Windows could see the shared data partition. Give it a shot and report back.
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