Dual Booting All discussion on Dual Booting 2 operating systems (or even more!) on the Dell Mini
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01-09-2011, 09:07 PM
The first thing to do is: check to see which drive is active. you can do so in Control Panel/ Administrative Tools / Computer Management / Disk Management tab..
If the Windows Partition is active, change it to make the Mac OS X partition active.
If you do this and the system won't boot up, you'll need to boot from your usb install stick, and run NBI on the Mac Partition.
(Have your USB install stick handy just in case).
If your Mac partition is already active and the system is booting into Win 7--which is unlikely, you may be better off using Easy BCD, and add an OS X entry. With Easy BCD you won't get the graphical boot loader (it's just text), but you will be able to get into OS X anyway.
I'm assuming you have your OS X install usb stick, which has the bootloader. If you don't, download this version of NBI: NBI_084RC1.img.zip , and use a program called Transmac (TransMac - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com ) to write it to a usb drive (small one will do), this can be used as a boot loader, which should allow you to boot up into OS X. Once in there, run the NBI app that's in your Applications Folder.
Follow the second part of this guide to if you need help with Transmac: OS X 10.6.3 Retail DVD-->USB no MAC; A GUIDE
edit.. you may not be able to set the osx partition as active from within win 7. you can still do it, with Gparted. best way to run that, IMO, is the UBUNTU live usb.
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